TWO MOTORISTS were issued with tickets today after being judged to be driving too close to cyclists and not giving enough room.
The morning patrols, carried out by Malvern Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), were undertaken as part of Operation Close Pass.
The operation sees police officers on bikes recording incidents when motorists drive too close to them.
Today’s exercise also coincided with National Road Victims Month and targeted drivers putting the safety of other road users at risk. .
The Highway Code advises drivers to ‘give cyclists at least as much room as they would when overtaking a car’
Rule 188 of the Highway Code states ‘plenty of room should be given’ and motorists should look out for signals.
It adds if the rider does a ‘shoulder check’ (looking over their shoulder), it could mean they are moving to turn right so even more caution should be given.
The first Operation Close Pass scheme in the West Mercia Police force area was carried out in January, 2018, in Bromsgrove.
Changes were made to the Highway Code in January this year, giving more priority to cyclists and pedestrians, in a bid to make roads safer for all users.
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