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Near Miss of the Day 690: “Driver came flying by me at high speed” – with car coming the other way

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

This year’s first Near Miss of the Day picks up where 2021 left off, with a motorist overtaking at high speed up a hill – only this time another car was approaching in the opposite direction.

While Gloucestershire Police didn’t feel the need to prosecute our final close pass of the year, the speed, proximity and downright dangerous nature of this one from Cornwall – which caused the driver on the opposite side of the road to brake sharply – led Devon and Cornwall Police to take unspecified action against the motorist.

Rob, the road.cc reader who sent us the clip, hopes the offender was sent on an awareness course, “as I like to think of the irony that saving five seconds with a dangerous pass will in fact cost the driver a few hours of their time.”

In a damning indictment of our roads today, Rob even told us that “this wasn’t one of my worst close passes”. At least this time around the driver received some kind of punishment.  

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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.

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

Ryan joined road.cc 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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