Police target ‘fatal four’ motoring offences

Suffolk and Norfolk Police have revealed they have stopped 36,000 drivers in a year for a range of motoring offences included speeding, using mobile phones while driving, not wearing seatbelts, and drink or drug driving.

The findings were released in a report compiled for Suffolk Constabulary’s accountability and performance panel.

It shows 36,336 interventions were made in the two counties between 1 June, 2014 and May 31 2015 resulting in prosecutions, verbal warnings or roadside tests.

A total of 23,112 arrests were made for drink or drug driving, while 9,283 were prosecuted for speeding offences.

2,415 drivers were prosecuted for using a mobile phone while driving and 1,526 were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Head of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Police officers frequently deal with collisions where speeding, drink or drug driving or using a mobile phone is a contributory factor, or where the driver has not been wearing a seatbelt and, in addition to regular campaigns and operations to target these offences, officers on patrol will deal with motorists on a daily basis.

‘The ‘fatal four’ motoring offences – not wearing a seatbelt, driving under the influence, speeding, or using a mobile phone while driving – all make you likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision.

‘Interventions can include everything from roadside stops and verbal advice to prosecutions but are all aimed at raising awareness and reducing the number of casualties in Suffolk.’

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