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PM statement on drug driving legislation

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Prime Minister: "We want to do for drug driving what drink driving laws have done for driving under the influence of alcohol."

Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement following today’s press release from the Department for Transport about creating a specific drug driving offence.

The Prime Minister said:

I found meeting Lillian Groves’s family in Downing Street late last year incredibly moving. As they said at the time, it simply can’t be right that a schoolgirl like Lillian can lose her life and then we discover we don’t have the laws or the technology to punish drug drivers properly.

We want to do for drug driving what drink driving laws have done for driving under the influence of alcohol. That’s why we’re doing what we can to get drugalysers rolled out more quickly. And this week we’ll publish a new drug driving offence so that driving under the influence of drugs itself is a crime, just like it is for drink driving.

Lillian Groves’s family should be congratulated for their brave campaign. I hope now that something good can come out of their tragic loss.