Teenager’s fatal road traffic accident results in proposed new drug driving offence
News article published on: 20th June 2012
The death of 14 year old Lillian Groves, who was killed by a driver smoking a joint of cannabis at the wheel has led to the proposal of a new drug driving law.
Although contributing to almost a third of all road traffic accidents, those who drive under the influence of drugs escape with a lesser or no sentence when caught.
It was this gap in the law which resulted in the driver who killed Lillian to receive only an eight month prison sentence. Had he been under the influence of alcohol the sentence would have been considerably higher.
Currently road side tests for being under the influence of drugs are limited to attempting to walk in a straight line, touching your nose or pupil dilation.
By introducing this new law, Prime Minister, David Cameron hopes that police will soon be equipped with drug sceening technology, allowing them to carry out better road side tests for drugs. It is hoped that this will dramatically increase convictions from 170 a year.
Compared to the 35,000 convictions in Germany this amount is insignificant and does not give a real indication of how many people are driving and potentially could cause a road traffic accident when being under the influence of drugs.
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