Brake praises government’s zero-tolerance drug drive limit proposals

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Brake, the road safety charity

Today the government revealed proposals to set zero-tolerance drug drive limits under its new law on drug driving due to come into force in 2014. Read the proposals, which are now being consulted on.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Brake is very pleased to see the government proposing zero tolerance limits for illegal drugs and driving, which would send a clear message that drug driving at any level won’t be tolerated. Brake has campaigned for many years for the law on drug driving to be improved, to enable more deadly drug drivers to be caught and prosecuted before they cause destruction. We therefore welcome progress being made by government and hope to see this continuing apace, including roadside screeners being approved through the Home Office in time for this important new law coming into force.”  

Natasha Groves, mum of Lillian Groves, killed by a drug driver age 14, said: “This is wonderful news. Zero tolerance is exactly what’s needed to tackle drug driving. We’ve campaigned on Lillian’s behalf since her tragic death at the hands of a drug driver. We are seeing good progress, which we hope will stop other young lives being ended needlessly, and other families going through the heartache we have experienced. As a family we are proud that our campaign, in Lillian’s name, will have helped to bring about safer roads for everyone.”

Read about Lillian’s Law. Read about Brake’s Not a drop, not a drag campaign.
Brake’s previous response to a report by an expert panel appointed by government to examine the details of the new drug driving law.

Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns, community education programmes, events such as Road Safety Week (18-24 November 2013), and a Fleet Safety Forum, providing advice to companies. Brake’s support division cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.