Essex Police takes speeding very seriously.
Excessive and inappropriate speed is the cause of many road
traffic collisions throughout the county every year and
has been identified as a priority for many communities through
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Our officers take a robust approach to speeding drivers 365 days a
year and are continually stepping up efforts to catch irresponsible
drivers who choose to ignore speed limits.
One of the ways in which Essex Police does this is by setting up
random static speed checks up and down the county.
Police officers use hand held laser devices to detect
speeding vehicles and interact with the driver or rider and
promote safety messages.
We'll be keeping you up to date with the results of these speed
checks using our interactive map above. You can see where the
checks have been carried out and how speeding drivers have been
dealt with by clicking on the markers.
Since 2007 Community Speed Watch groups throughout the county have
been supporting Essex Police and its partners in their
efforts to change rider behaviour and make the roads of Essex a
You can see the location of Community Speed Watch groups throughout
Essex by clicking on the markers on the map below.
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Another way in which Essex Police monitors speeding is through the
use of traffic survey equipment.
The equipment is deployed around the county for periods of between
four and six days as part of Essex Police's road safety and speed
enforcement campaign. It records the speed and volume of traffic
travelling in both directions at the site where it is
You can see the results of some of our traffic surveys by
clicking on the markers on the map below.
View Traffic Survey Results in a larger map
Police officers can deal with speeding drivers in a number of
Verbal warning – Officers offer advice at the
Speed awareness course – Gives drivers
caught speeding the chance to complete a workshop to help them
understand the consequences of speeding rather than be issued with
a fixed penalty notice resulting in three penalty points and a £60
These courses are usually offered to drivers that have exceeded
the legal limit but not by a huge amount. The course is offered as
an alternative to fixed penalties. Although unusual, drivers can
opt for the penalty instead.
Fixed penalty notice – The driver can pay a £60
fine and accept three points on their licence rather than face
Report to court – Drivers who are 25mph or more
over the speed limit will be reported to court. Other reasons for a
report to court include the driver already having nine points on
their licence or them opting to go to court.
Adam Pipe is the casualty reduction manager at Essex
Police. He said: “It’s disappointing to see that some drivers
continue to drive irresponsibly on the roads of Essex.
"Residents continue to tell us that speeding is a concern in their
communities but we are still seeing a number of people putting
themselves and others in danger by driving at excess speed.
“Essex Police is committed to making the roads of
Essex a safer place for all who use them and our officers will
continue cracking down on those who get behind the wheel and drive