Suffolk Police crack down on ‘fatal four’ as part of national road safety and enforcement campaign

Throughout the month of April, Suffolk Police is working 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. They are as follows:

  1. Excess Speed
  2. Using a Mobile Phone
  3. Failing to wear a seat belt
  4. Drink and Drug Driving.

Officers will be targeting drivers committing any of the above offences.

The campaign is not solely focused on prosecution but instead the force says it “will also provide us with the opportunity to engage with Suffolk’s road users and educate them about how impactive their decisions can be whilst driving”.

Proactive patrols will be used by roads policing officers, unmarked police vehicles, motorcyclists from the Road Casualty Reduction Team and colleagues from the Commercial Vehicle Unit. The Safety Camera Partnership Team will also be present throughout the month targeting drivers choosing to speed.

Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, Head of the joint Roads and Armed Policing Team said: “We do not run safety campaigns because we like to ‘catch’ people. 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.”