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Speeding teenager filmed himself with a GoPro

Teenager filming himself driving with a GoPro Photo: Essex Police

Police are reinforcing the potential effects of speeding after a man filmed himself driving his motorbike dangerously in Colchester.

Joseph Wicks, 18, from Braithwaite Drive, Colchester was given a two month suspended sentence at a young offender’s institution following a speeding offence in Colchester in November 2016.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after officers discovered footage he had filmed of himself on a GoPro camera following an unrelated collision he was involved in. This footage showed him riding his motorbike doing excessive speeds in built up areas of Colchester.

Wicks attended Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, June 14 where he received a two month suspended sentence at a young offender’s institution, told he has to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £115. He was also disqualified from driving until an extended test has been passed.

Investigating officer Pc Andy Sumner said: “Drivers who speed remain a significant factor in the road traffic collisions we investigate."

"One particular area of concern is of drivers inappropriately speeding, which covers speeding when weather conditions permit you to reduce the limit in order to drive safely. Another area of concern is anti-social use of the roads, leading to communities feeling vulnerable and lacking in confidence of using the road networks. We would like to remind drivers to use the roads as you would within your own community, by driving safely and carefully with concern for those around you.”

– Investigating officer Pc Andy Sumner