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Near Miss of the Day 342: Ban for driver who made 90mph close pass on cyclist

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country – today it’s Northamptonshire

A motorist who made a close pass on a cyclist at 90mph has been banned from driving for six months in the first prosecution brought under Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Snap.

The footage was shot by reader Dave, whose videos have been featured in our Near Miss of the Day series a number of times, although he was unable to share this one with us until the court case concluded.

Dave, who several years ago met with the force’s then chief constable, leading to it conducting its first ever operation targeting close pass drivers, told us that the incident on 11 September on Bedford Road, Rushden, “frightened the life out of me.”

On Monday Denzel Masawi of Rushden, aged 26, was convicted of driving in excess of a 30mph speed limit after pleading not guilty of the offence at Wellingborough Magistrates’ Court.

Besides the six-month ban, he was also fined £592 and ordered to pay a £59 victim surcharge and costs of £620.

PC Dave Lee from Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team said: “Operation Snap was launched to allow members of the public who capture bad driving on camera to easily submit it to Northamptonshire Police.

“This new process makes it easier for both those with cameras capturing the bad driving and for us to be able to process it.”

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Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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 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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