Last year 41,785 motorists were fined for speeding and police are seeing in this new year with a crackdown on those who flout the law.
Throughout January Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road policing unit will be out in force targeting drivers who speed.
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points.
A recent Twitter poll of police force followers, which asked what they think is the worst form of bad driving, revealed that tailgating was the biggest bugbear with 43 per cent of the vote, followed by speeding at 25 per cent and failing to signal with 24 per cent of the vote. Undertaking received eight per cent of the vote.
Insp Philip Bloor said: “Driving too close to the car in front, undertaking and failing to signal are widely accepted as examples of bad driving.
“However, some drivers fail to accept that excessive and inappropriate speeding is also poor driving and one of the contributions to avoidable collisions that result in death or serious injury.
“It’s simple, the faster you drive the less time you have to react and you are putting not only your life at risk but also the lives of others.”
From January to November last year, 41,785 people in Bedfordshire were issued with tickets for speeding - an increase from 36,290 during the previous year.
In Cambridgeshire 40,861 were caught out last year and 71,062 were prosecuted in Hertfordshire.