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Motoring law: Essex Police develop interactive speeding map

A new interactive map that pinpoints speeding 'hotspots' has been released by Essex Police force. They hope the new map will reinforce the work done by Community Speed Watch groups and help to reduce the number of accidents caused by motorists breaking the speed limit.

Members of the public may view the map on Essex Police's website. The map shows the locations of where police officers have conducted random speed checks.

Information about the speed limit where the incident took place and the type of action taken against the speeding motorist can be found there, along with another map showing where Community Speed Watch (CSW) groups exist.

CSW groups consist of volunteers from the community who have been trained and given equipment to carry out speed checks themselves.

When police officers catch motorists speeding, depending on the circumstances they may issue various punishments for speeding: a verbal warning, a speed awareness course to help motorists understand the consequences of speeding, a fixed penalty notice and points on their licence or they may be reported to court.

Adam Pipe, the casualty reduction manager at Essex Police, 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 irresponsibly."

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