Police in Norfolk are increasing patrols across the county as part of a national campaign to stop drivers from using mobile phones behind the wheel.

Officers will be using both marked and unmarked vehicles in increased patrols to target these offences during the crackdown which runs until March 10.

The patrols follow the Norfolk Constabulary's support of a national mobile phone campaign, led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which aims to raise awareness about the dangers of using mobile phones while driving.

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Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Mobile phone use while driving is one of the ‘Fatal Four’ offences.

"The fatal four refer to the four leading contributing factors which cause serious and fatal collisions and are the focus for roads policing officers on proactive patrol.

“It is also important to recognise that although legal, hands-free use of your mobile phone is not without risk."

Drivers caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel automatically receive six points on their driving licence as well as a £200 fine.