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Drivers targeted in Inverurie and Peterhead over cyclist issues

By David Porter

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Operation Close Pass took place in Inverurie
Operation Close Pass took place in Inverurie

Road Policing officers in the north-east have been carrying out patrols as part of Operation Close Pass.

The Operation involves officer on patrol in unmarked bicycles with video recording equipment.

Any motorist who passes too close to the cyclist is stopped further up the road by marked patrols.

The operation was carried out in Inverurie and Peterhead on Thursday and Friday.

In total 20 drivers were stopped after passing the Police cyclist with insufficient room.

Inverurie based road policing constable Brian Pirie, who coordinated the operation, said, "It's disappointing that so many drivers are still not giving cyclists space.

"In the most recent days of action we were on wide roads with drivers often passing too close when there was no other traffic."

"The stopped drivers were all receptive to our advice and are shocked to see the footage of themselves played back at the roadside.

"On this occasion all the drivers were warned regarding their actions, however, previous operations have seen drivers been issued with fixed penalties of three points and £100 fine as well as some being reported to the courts for more serious offences."

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