Drug Driving – Campaigners hope for new law

A family who teenage daughter was killed by a speeding driver who had taken drugs are hoping their campaign for tougher laws may have paid off.

Lillian Groves was just 14 when she was knocked down by a motorist outside of her house in Surrey in 2010.

Since then, relatives have campaign for ‘Lillian’s Law’ to allow police to carry out roadside drug testing.

Now, it seems a new drug driving offence could be included in next months Queen’s Speech.

Road Safety minister Mike Penning said: “Drug drivers are a menace which is why we are going to introduce a new drug driving offence and approve screening equipment to make it easier for the police to test for the presence of drugs in drivers and tackle this irresponsible minority.”

While roadside testing equipment is made in the UK, you won’t find it used on Britain’s roadsides.

The association of Chief Police Officers say a change in the law is needed before that is a practical option.

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