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Surrey Police Reports ‘Operation Close Pass’ An Educational Success

Published on: 2 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 3 Jun, 2020

Cyclists should be passed with a minimum 1.5-metre margin.

Surrey Police spoke to 44 cyclists and 23 motorists over the recent weekend as part of “Operation Close Pass” to educate those stopped about potential hazards.

The aim of the operation on 30-31 May was to ensure that Surrey’s roads are shared responsibly and reduce the number of collisions and incidents involving cyclists, motorists and horse riders on the roads.

On Saturday officers concentrated on the Box Hill area before moving to Shere and Newlands Corner near Guildford on Sunday. Officers engaged with the road users including motorcyclists who were gathered or riding together.

As part of the operation, a police officer in plain clothes equipped with video capability cycled as a “spotter”, identifying any “close pass” incidents or other motoring offences as well as any offences relating to cycling or cyclists contravening the road traffic act. Officers on two marked police motorbikes were then able to locate and stop any road user who had been identified.

One motorcyclist was issued with a summons for a “fail to stop” offence. Officers also responded to a collision where a cyclist received an injury to their arm at Box Hill, and four pedestrians were also stopped from using the carriageway. Speed enforcement activities were additionally undertaken on the A25 between Shere and Newlands Corner.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit said: “I’m pleased that the operation was successfully carried out to educate a variety of road users, especially in the Surrey Hills area where cycling is very popular.

“We are seeing an increase in traffic as government restrictions are eased, and many people are also still using the highways as part of their exercise routine. It’s vital that we carry out work like this to ensure that everybody is safe.

“We recognise that it’s everyone’s responsibility to share the roads safely by respecting each other. Operations such as this will continue to be carried out with all road users, because even low-speed collisions involving cyclists, runners, or horse riders can lead to serious or life-changing injuries.

“It’s imperative that disruption on our highways is kept to a minimum while making sure that road users take all necessary steps to keep each other safe”.

See also: Plain Clothes Police Officers On Alert for ‘Close Passers’

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