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Near Miss of the Day 46: Police invite submission of footage

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Surrey

A road.cc reader who copied in Surrey Police’s Twitter account when submitting a near miss video to us earlier today has been invited to send the footage to the force.

David Ladkin tweeted footage earlier today of a driver pulling out in front of him while he was on his commute at a crossroads where the cyclist had right of way.

A Twitter user replying to that tweet copied in the Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, who asked David whether he had reported the incident.

A tweet from the main Surrey Police account told him what he needed to do.

The force’s Roads Policing Unit regularly uses Twitter to debunk myths held by some motorists about cyclists and the law, winning it fans among bike riders who use the social media platform.

One example came earlier this week when it replied to a Twitter user with a locked account who appears to have asked whether it was compulsory for people on bikes to use cycle lanes.

A great example to set, and one that any cyclist would welcome all police forces adopting.

Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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