SPEEDING drivers got away with more than 1,000 offences in Essex last year.

About 1,200 speeding fines were abandoned in the county with foreign drivers believed to be among the majority escaping justice.

However the county is actually one of the lowest for abandoned fines.

Nationally about £3.6million was written off - or more than 160 or £10,000 or 500 penalty points a day -following a survey of speed camera partnerships.

Problems arise with foreign drivers and non-UK registered vehicles because it is difficult to access their records and there is no offence for not providing the driver’s details for those based outside the UK, unlike for UK residents.