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Ten drivers stopped for passing unmarked police cyclist too closely on A834 Strathpeffer Road in Dingwall as part of Operation Close Pass safety awareness raiser


By Hector MacKenzie

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The campaign places emphasis on giving all road users – including cyclists, motorbikers and horse riders – enough space on the roads.
The campaign places emphasis on giving all road users – including cyclists, motorbikers and horse riders – enough space on the roads.

A POLICE drive to encourage road users to give each other sufficient space on the roads when overtaking stopped 10 drivers in a Ross-shire town for failing to do so.

Road policing officers spoke to a number of drivers and cyclists as part of Operation Close Pass on the A834 Strathpeffer Road in Dingwall.

Ten drivers were stopped for passing too closely to an unmarked police cyclist.

The awareness-raiser is being run in conjunction with Operation Cedar which is aimed at promoting safety for all road users.

The operation involves drivers who don't give adequate room when passing an unmarked police cyclist being spoken to and given a demonstration on how to overtake safely using a specially designed mat.

Road Policing Constable Paul Whitehead said: "It was a good day for Operation Close Pass in Dingwall and very pleasing to see that the overwhelming majority of drivers passing our cyclist did so properly.

"We had some good engagement with drivers and cyclists regarding road safety. However, we can't be complacent, and I would urge all road users to continue to be mindful of all other road users - cyclists, motorcyclists, drivers, horses, everyone give them space, and always drive according to the conditions of the road and the weather to ensure everyone gets to where they`re going safely."




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