West Midlands Police says the number of cyclists killed or seriously hurt on the region’s roads has dropped by a fifth since it launched an operation a year ago protecting them from ‘close pass’ drivers.
Plain clothes officers have been cycling on busy roads in the West Midlands looking for motorists who pass too close for comfort.
Almost 200 offenders have been pulled over for driving too close. Most get on the spot education on safe overtaking and are then allowed to go, but 13 drivers were prosecuted. Around 350 others were fined and given licence points after officers reviewed helmet and dash-cam footage provided by members of the public.
From August 2016 to July this year, 92 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the West Midlands. That is down from 115 in the previous 12 months.
Olympic champion Chris Boardman, who backed the campaign has tweeted his thanks to West Midlands Police.
UK Cycling described #OpClosePass as the “best cyclist road safety initiative ever".