Drivers fume as motorist handed fine ‘for driving too close to cyclist in road’

An impatient driver has been landed with a huge fine and given five points for careless driving after driving “too close” to a group of cyclists in Sheffield.

Footage of the incident showed how he crossed the white dividing road markings in his Peugeot while the cyclists were overtaking a parked car.

Sheffield North West Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "The driver of this vehicle decided to pass a group of cyclists at excessive speed and far too closely.

"Fined £417 in total, licence endorsed with five points. If anyone thinks this is an acceptable manner of driving, let this be your warning.

"The driver was also issued a S59 warning as soon as we were notified of the offence.

"If he is seen to drive in a careless and antisocial manner in the year since it was issued his vehicle will be seized."

It is not clear why the driver crossed the line into the other lane, however.

The spokesman continued: "If anyone thinks this is an acceptable manner of driving, let this be your warning.

“The driver didn’t just endanger one cyclist, he was also too close to those following.

"He would have seen a group of bikes in a line, and chose to accelerate to a speed increasing the danger to all of them and swerve over the white lines towards them.

"If he had simply driven to the conditions at a less dangerous speed and stayed on his own side of the road he wouldn’t have been prosecuted.

"If people do choose to endanger vulnerable road users by poor driving, they need to remember that any pedestrian, horse rider, cyclist or vehicle may be recording.

"We will be happy to make sure that there are consequences to endangering others.”

However, the incident has divided some road users, as many feel that the driver didn't actually do anything wrong.

The campaign group the Alliance of British Drivers retweeted the footage with the caption: "If you weren't already convinced that the police are out to get you…"

But cyclist Ian Carey hit back, saying: "An appropriate conviction. If the driver had slowed down and let the cyclists pass there would have been no issue.

"The delay to the driver would have been a few seconds."

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