Traffic cops investigate video footage sent in by cyclists

CLOSE CALL: One driver is caught on a Go Pro passing a cyclist and leaving only centimetres between the two. Photo: contributed
CLOSE CALL: One driver is caught on a Go Pro passing a cyclist and leaving only centimetres between the two. Photo: contributed contributed

THE Bundaberg Police Traffic Branch has become inundated with video footage from cyclists who have captured the hairy moments when drivers come way too close for comfort.

Officer-in-charge Sergeant Marty Arnold said the branch regularly received complaints from cyclists about near-misses and some riders were now arming themselves with cameras.

"We want to get the message out that bicycle riders have as much right to use the road as motorists and that far too frequently we get near misses because car drivers pass with little or no distance between the rider and the vehicle," he said.

Sgt Arnold said the photograph above was the latest example of a driver passing too close to a cyclist and that it was only a matter of time until a cyclist was killed.

"The disappointing thing with many of these images is that follow up photos show there was no oncoming traffic and the driver could have easily merged out to the right and passed safely," he said.

"Even more disturbingly is another image that shows the driver passing very close while appearing to be having a conversation with the passenger while looking at each other instead of the road ahead. Any such images supplied to police will be investigated and action taken against the driver if appropriate."

Sgt Arnold said it was an offence to drive without due care or make an unsafe pass which comes with a minimum $200 fine.

"It is recommended that vehicle drivers treat bicycles as though they are a slow moving vehicle and pass them by moving out to the right if it's safe to do so and overtake," he said.

Topics:  cyclists police safety

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