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Near Miss of the Day 713: Driver asked not to close pass... then does it again

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Jersey.....

"You are meant to leave 1.5 metres when overtaking, please leave more space," today's Near Miss of the Day submitter politely pointed out to this driver after their first close pass. Lesson learned? Nope...

We are over in the Channel Islands for today's submission, sent in by reader Tom, "who politely reminded him to leave more room while overtaking and continued on my way".

"The man then did the exact same thing again a minute later!" Tom explained.

"I reported him to our local police force (States of Jersey Police) and supplied footage from my helmet camera, but have not received any reply. This is pretty typical, the local police are extremely reluctant to take any action against cyclist reported dangerous driving."

By our records this is our maiden Near Miss of the Day from Jersey, however over in Guernsey we have had plenty, starting way back with NMOTD 165 with a close pass, dooring and an angry exchange.

Near Miss 612 was also on the second largest of the Channel Islands, as was 401, giving you more than enough bad island driving to get you through the weekend...

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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