Drug driving law essential say Croydon family of killed teen

11:10 07 May 2012

Lillian Groves was 14 years old when she was knocked down in 2010 outside her home in New Addington, Croydon, south London.

The driver, who was sentenced in July last year, went served four months in jail.

Her mother Natasha said “make it zero tolerance and that way everybody knows where they stand,”

She said other families had come forward to back her family’s campaign against drug driving.

“Other families are starting to come forward. You think you are on your own but obviously there is a far wider problem, it is not just us out there on our own,” she said.

“It happens all the time,” she told BBC Breakfast

Her family have campaigned for a “Lillian’s law” including tougher sentencing for drug drivers and a package of measures to ensure the offence is taken as seriously as drink-driving.

David Cameron has confirmed the Government will outlaw drug driving and has praised the teenager’s family for their “brave” campaign.

The Prime Minister said it “simply can’t be right” that the laws were not in place to punish drug drivers properly.

Under the crackdown drug driving will become a specific offence.

Offenders will face up to six months in jail and fine of up to £5,000 as well as an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.

Police will carry a handheld drug detection devices, which will take a saliva sample, as well as a breathalyser to test erratic drivers.

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