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Suffolk Police tackle 'fatal four' offence of using mobile phone while driving in two-week campaign

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Suffolk Police will be targeting drivers who use their phones behind the wheel in a two-week long campaign.

The enforcement operation begins on March 16 and will run until March 29 to coincide with nationwide initiative by the National Police Chiefs' Council, using the hashtag #StandingUpForHangingUp.

Officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team and Road Casualty Reduction Team will carry out extra patrols using camera fitted marked unmarked police cars, in addition to motorcycles.

Police are clamping down on mobile phone use behind the wheel
Police are clamping down on mobile phone use behind the wheel

Since 2017, drivers issued a traffic offence report for this offence will face a minimum six points on their licence and a £200 fine.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: "Research shows you are four times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone."

He continued, "We will be using this campaign to draw drivers’ attention to the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones whilst enforcing our constant messaging around the ‘fatal four’ offences."

For more on police driving campaigns in Suffolk, read here.