There will be an increase in the number of police patrols across major routes in Suffolk this week as part of a crackdown on commercial drivers. 

Suffolk police is supporting Commercial Vehicle Week, a national campaign focusing on vehicles used for businesses and trades. 

Running from Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 23, extra patrols will be carried out on the A14, A12 and A11. 

Commercial vehicles included lorries, vans buses, agricultural machinery and taxis. 

Stowmarket Mercury: Suffolk police and crime commissioner Tim PassmoreSuffolk police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore (Image: Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner)

Chief inspector Jon Chapman, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “Commercial vehicles account for a large percentage of the traffic on our roads and due to either their size (in the case of HGVs), or in many cases their loads, they have the potential to cause the most damage if they are involved in a collision.

“People who drive many of these vehicles for a living - such as lorries, delivery vans, buses and taxis – are considered as professional drivers, therefore they should take extra care when it comes to the safety of their vehicle and the manner of their driving.

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“The primary focus of this operation is about making our roads safer for all users and whilst we will always seek to engage with and educate drivers in the first instance, those found to be committing offences will be dealt with in a robust manner."

Offences being targeted by Suffolk police drink and drug-driving, speeding and using a mobile phone.

Police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore added: "I am delighted to see this focus on commercial vehicles this week.

"Keeping our roads safe and the traffic free-flowing is important right across the county, but particularly on the A14, A12 and A11 where there are a higher ratio of commercial vehicles."