More drivers educated in Falkirk as part of Operation Close Pass

Published 09 October 2017

Operation Close Pass - Falkirk

Road policing officers in Forth Valley have carried out a weekend of action in Falkirk as part of the ongoing Operation Close Pass.

Operation Close Pass aims to help keep cyclists safe on the road by educating drivers who are found to be passing an unmarked police cyclist too closely or unsafely.

The activity took place in the Callendar Road area and involved two plain clothes officers cycling on bikes which were fitted with recording equipment.

On Saturday, October 7, ten vehicles were stopped after four close passes, four aborted overtakes, one sounding of the horn and one verbal confrontation took place.

On Sunday, October 8, five vehicles were stopped following four close passes and an undertake. A warrant for an outstanding fine was also resolved as a result of this intervention.

The drivers were then spoken to at length by uniform officers, with a focus on education, and shown a visual representation of the passing distance required when overtaking a cyclist.

Sgt David Ross of Forth Valley's Road Policing Unit said: "Keeping vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, safe is a priority for Forth Valley's Road Policing Unit and we continue to do so through a combination of educational activity and enforcement measures.

"It's vital that we continue to proactively intervene to keep all road users safe and that all drivers recognise the importance of giving cyclists space. However, be assured that we will take enforcement action wherever necessary."

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