POLICE will be cracking down on the four most common causes of road accidents this month.

West Mercia Police along with the National Police Chiefs Council, will be focusing on the "fatal four" this April. 

The "fatal four" refers to the four most common causes of road traffic collisions. 

These are: Speeding or inappropriate speed, distractions such as mobile phones, driving under the influence of drugs or drinks and not wearing a seatbelt. 

In the last year alone, 56 people died in traffic collisions along with 468 people suffering from serious injuries in West Mercia Police's area.

Superintendent Steph Brighton said: “Everyone knows the rules around seatbelts, drink/drug driving and mobile phones and the importance of sticking to the speed limit and we are very clear that when you get behind the wheel it is your responsibility to stay focused and alert. 

"The majority of drivers use the roads respectfully and adhere to the law but it is concerning that we still have some drivers across our area who are willing to risk it.

"Enforcing the law across our roads is a year round commitment for us to challenge this behaviour."

Drivers caught speeding face a minimum of a £100 fine with three penalty points whereas motorists caught using a mobile phone face a £200 minimum with six penalty points.