Today I got to ask a question at Prime Minister’s Question about Lillian’s Law.
Lillian’s Law is named after Lillian Groves, a 14 year-old constituent who was killed outside her home by a driver under the influence of drugs. He was sentenced to just 8 months in jail and served just 4 months. To their great credit, her family - ably assisted by The Croydon Advertiser
- are campaigning for a package of changes to ensure that in future we take the menace of drug driving as seriously as we currently do drink driving.
In 2008, 71,449 people in England and Wales were convicted of drink-driving. Despite the fact that studies have shown that drugs are a factor in 1 in 5 fatal accidents, just 1,644 people were convicted of drug-driving in the same period. The reason is the lack of an authorised roadside testing device equivalent to the breathiliser and the lack of a law setting limits above which you are held to be unfit to drive. Once these are in place, the police can introduce a random testing campaign and, particularly if this is combined with tougher sentencing, we should then see a real impact on driver campaign.
So there's a lot to do. The PM’s answer showed that he is aware of the problem and I look forward to taking Lillian’s family to meet him so that they can put their case in person.