‘CLOSE Pass’ Road Safety Initiative Brought To Inverclyde

29 September, 2022 | Local

POLICE targeted Inverclyde drivers who don’t give cyclists enough room when overtaking.

Officers from the road policing unit and local neighbourhood team brought Operation Close Pass to the Greenock and Gourock areas for the first time.

The initiative is designed to tackle the close passing of cyclists by vehicles.

The operation began life in the West Midlands and is being adopted by a number of forces across the UK.

It involves the use of officers in plain clothes who advise colleagues when they are passed too closely by drivers. They are then pulled over and given advice and any offences dealt with.

Community Policing Inspector Paul Thompson said “We are working closely with our colleagues in the Divisional Road Policing Unit to make Inverclyde’s Roads safer for everyone and responding to concerns raised by our community.

“Our message is that everyone deserves to use our roads safely and it is for all road users to take responsibility when out and about.”

During the operation one motorist was warned, one vehicle was prohibited for defects and two motorists were warned regarding their speed and one for using their mobile phone.

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