Roadside drug tests may be on the way


Lillian Groves was killed last year when playing outside her house by a driver who was intoxicated with cannabis. Now a campaign has been launched, which is supported by 10,000 people, to encourage the government to start testing people for drugs on the roadside. This would be done with the use of a device, similar to a breathalyser. The campaign also want to see greater punishments for those found the driving under the influence of drugs.

The MP for Orpington is Jo Johnson, who has said about the campaign, “In a broad sense I would like to see more enforcement over drug driving. It needs to be taken more seriously and people should be as informed about the dangers of driving on drugs as they are about alcohol.”

Michaela Groves was the aunt of Lillian and she has commented, “we are sick of the government going to and fro on the issue of drugs. For my family it is too late, we have already lost someone who we cared about. I just want to make sure that other people don’t have to go through what we went through. The justice for those drug driving is not there.”

John Page, who was driving the car was only sentenced to 8 months in prison. This is despite the police finding a joint, half smoked, in his vehicle. The police tested him that the levels in his blood were not high enough for him to be charged with a more serious offence, which could have meant he spent 14 years in prison.

The problem is with drugs is that it is very difficult for the police to prove impairment. Currently there is no system approved by the government to test people in the way that a breathalyser can for alcohol. Currently, testing involves a series of roadside tests.