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Near Miss of the Day 727: Motorist overtakes tandem towards oncoming lorry – and gets sent on driver education course for his trouble

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

Quite often our Near Miss videos are accompanied by laments about how local police have failed to take action when a motorist has committed a dangerously close pass. Today’s submission, however, sees Leicestershire Police praised for their “first-class response” to this particularly foolish overtake, which resulted in the driver having to undertake an education course. reader Joel was on his way home with his daughter on their tandem, when the driver in question decided to overtake them, seemingly unaware of the rapidly approaching HGV. The motorist ends up having to squeeze between the lorry and the cyclists, narrowly avoiding hitting all of them in the process.

As well as earning an accusatory beep from the lorry driver, the motorist was sent on a driving education course at their own expense after Joel reported the incident to Leicestershire Police.

Joel told that the response from the police was “first class”: “Texts and letters to inform me of the progress, which were well written and considerate – and moreover recognised and acknowledged the distress that this type of incident can cause.

“I only wish that when I cycle the other way from my house, into Warwickshire, that I got a response even approaching this level.”

As for the driver, Joel said: “I hope that they think a little more carefully in future and don't try this sort of thing again.”

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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.

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Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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