Hampshire Constabulary have announced that they are going to take part in the ‘Close Pass’ scheme, after its recent success in the Midlands. The scheme involves police officers going undercover as cyclists in order to catch drivers who pass too close.
In the West Midlands the scheme has been effective in catching 130 drivers, who received penalties. The scheme aims to educate drivers to allow sufficient space when overtaking cyclists, helping to make cycling on the roads safer. The required overtaking space for a car passing a cyclist is 1.5m, and any drivers passing closer than this will receive a penalty.
Hampshire police officers have attended a training day to prepare them for when the scheme is launched in the next few weeks.
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