David Cameron, the Prime Minister, today gave his backing to the tougher measures and penalties for drugged driving, as called for by Lillian’s Law campaigners in Croydon.
Prompted in Parliament by Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell at Prime Minister’s Questions this lunchtime, Cameron agreed that “Not enough has been done” to tighten up the laws against driving while under the influence of drugs.
Lillian Groves, a 14-year-old from New Addington, was killed last year when hit by a car close to her home. The driver was high on drugs, driving at more than 40mph in a 30mph zone. Sentenced to eight months in prison, the driver was released after just four months.
The Lillian’s Law campaign, run by the Groves family and their neighbours, has been well championed by the Croydon Advertiser.
But today, through Barwell’s question to the Prime Minsiter, it also achieved national coverage and an undertaking from Cameron.
“It is important,” the PM said, “that we treat drugged driving as seriously as drunk driving.”
Promising to make more drug testing equipment available to the police, Cameron promised stronger penalties, “I think we can think about strengthening things further.”
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