Police in Suffolk are increasing patrols across the county in April as part of a national campaign to raise awareness and reduce the risk surrounding the 'fatal four'. 

The fatal four are the four most common factors involved in collisions where people are killed or seriously injured. 

These include excess speed, using a mobile phone, failing to wear a seat belt, and drink and drug driving. 

Officers will be targeting drivers committing any of the fatal four offences in order to protect other road users and reduce the number of people who come to harm. 

It comes after three people were arrested and 40 cars were stopped during a multi-agency day of action in Ipswich last week. 

Patrols will be used by roads policing officers, unmarked police vehicles, motorcyclists from the Road Casualty Reduction Team and officers from the Commercial Vehicle Unit. 

The Safety Camera Partnership Team at Suffolk police will also be present throughout April targeting drivers choosing to speed.

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The campaign will also provide police officers with the opportunity to engage with Suffolk's road users and educate them on how impactive their decisions can be whilst driving. 

Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, head of the joint Roads and Armed Policing Team at Suffolk police, said: "We do not run safety campaigns because we like to 'catch' people. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, of Suffolk policeChief Inspector Vicky McParland, of Suffolk police (Image: Suffolk police)

"We run these campaigns every year because people are still losing their lives on Suffolk's roads as a result of the selfish behaviours of others behind the wheel.

"If this campaign can change the behaviour and choices of drivers - and as a result they do not use their phone, wear their seat belt, stick to the speed limit or don't drive after drinking or using drugs- then I think we all agree it is worth it."

Suffolk police ran a similar campaign to stop drivers using mobile phones back in February.