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Near Miss of the Day 820: cyclist comes very close to head-on collision during reckless driver's speeding overtake

Lancashire Police say the driver will be punished with anything from a warning letter up to points and a fine, but they will not be informing the victim of the result

Update, 9/9/2022: due to an ongoing investigation, this video has been removed until further notice. 

Today's Near Miss of the Day shows a reckless and terrifying overtake from a driver that nearly resulted in a head-on collision with the cyclist travelling in the other direction. reader Simon said that he was forced to take evasive action to avoid the driver of a white Volkswagen SUV, who was overtaking multiple vehicles at speed on the road in Lancashire, near to the town of Southport in neighbouring Merseyside. 

He told "My near miss from last weekend was very close to a head-on collision with a car that decided to overtake a stream of traffic despite me being in the oncoming lane.

"There was a gap between the cars that I genuinely thought he was going to pull into until he stayed out and whizzed past me at high speed.

"I only missed him by swerving sharply to the left. As it was he passed with less than 30cm clearance.

"For context (and I know I shouldn't have to do this): I was wearing bright cycling kit with an orange helmet and had a white flashing front light." 

Simon added that he has reported the incident to Lancashire Police, who listed a number of possible outcomes but said they would not be disclosing it. 

He said: "I have reported this to Lancashire police who have emailed me that they are pursuing it further and have listed a range of options from a guidance letter up to points & fine. They have told me that they will not inform me of the ultimate result."

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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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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.

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

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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