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West Midlands Police say that helmet- and dash-cam footage provided by road users is now of such high quality that motorists accused of dangerous close passes are tending to admit their offences without question.
A total of 130 motorists have been pulled over during nine outings of a West Midlands Police road safety initiative operation to date, with eight prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.
One driver’s licence was immediately seized after they failed a road-side eye test.
The #GiveSpaceBeSafe scheme was launched by the force last September and sees plain clothes cops pedalling the region’s busiest roads on the lookout for motorists who pass too close for comfort.
Offenders are offered an on-the-spot educational input on safe overtaking using a specially designed floor mat.
But anyone who refuses to take part in the tutorial − or is deemed to have committed a particularly hazardous overtaking manoeuvre − can expect a date in court.
West Midlands Police has seen reports of close-passes halve since the scheme was introduced − and 16 police forces the length and breadth of the country are now considering embracing what UK Cycling described as the “best cyclist road safety initiative ever”.