Operation Safe Pass launches in Essex


A new operation has been launched to help keep vulnerable road-users safe on roads in Essex, by targeting drivers who pass cyclists and horse riders at an unsafe distance.

Operation Safe Pass – organised by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership with support from its partners, Essex Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police – aims to replicate the good work of similar schemes across the UK.

The first operation took place on September 6 in Colchester and saw one motorist educated after passing a cyclist too closely.

Plain-clothed ‘Bikeability’ instructors spotted motorists passing at an unsafe distance (closer than 1.5m), before officers escorted the drivers to a check-point where they were educated on how they should safely pass cyclists and horse-riders.

Adam Pipe, Head of Roads Policing, at Essex Police, said: “We have listened to the cycling community – a road-user group we wish to encourage for a variety of reasons including health benefits and sustainable transport.

“Everyone has the responsibility to share the road and everyone has a part to play in keeping all road-users safe. We often forget that the majority of cyclists and horse-riders are also motorists and sometimes the lines get blurred.

"Ultimately, it does not matter what form of transport you use. We all have the right to feel safe on our Essex roads." 

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