Police are on the lookout for careless motorists putting cyclists at risk on Derbyshire’s roads.
Officers from Derbyshire Roads Policing Unit have been out in the county ensuring motorists overtake cyclists safely as part of what’s called Operation Close Pass.
The annual week-long campaign began on Monday, November 23, and is designed to raise awareness of vulnerable road users and target careless drivers.
As part of this, some police officers will be on bicycles across the county making sure that motorists overtake cyclists at a minimum distance of 1.5 metres and in a safe manner.
Inspector Greg Hunt, of Derbyshire Constabulary told Derbyshire Live the force will be on the lookout across the county, with officers particularly focusing on the Willington and Bakewell areas.
“Previously and historically we’ve run this in urban locations,” he said.
“But we’ve got a number of cycling routes that people want to experience and they are finding some motorists are displaying their frustration at them.”
Inspector Hunt said this can take the form of motorists overtaking cyclists just to brake sharply in front of them.
He added that three cyclists had been killed on Derbyshire’s roads so far this year, including the tragic death of 15-year-old Adam Barry who was knocked off his bike in Risley.
“Even one is too many,” Inspector Hunt said.
“The incident in Risley was such a difficult case for everyone – his family and the officers that attended.”
The operation will also see officers giving advice to cyclists on how to ride safely and legally.
“It has prompted a healthy discussion,” Inspector Hunt said.
“It’s certainly raised it in people’s minds and far more people are discussing it.
“It’s a two-way argument and we are completely independent.”
Detective Sergeant Darren Parkin, leading the operation from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said the operation is for the benefit of everyone.
“This operation is to get people thinking about the safety of others, as well as their own safety, when using Derbyshire’s roads,” he said.
“The consequences of not doing so, can have serious and quite often fatal consequences. The operation is about alerting people to the risk they pose to themselves or others.
“Whilst the ethos is on education, we will look to prosecute those committing any offences.”