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Brake recognises road safety campaigners

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The family of Lillian Groves, killed by a drug driver aged just 14, have won a national award for their work campaigning for a new law to crack down on dangerous drug drivers.

The ‘Road Safety Campaigner of the Year' award is given each year by Brake, the road safety charity, sponsored by Direct Line Group, to a campaigner or group who have shown great resolve in pursuing a campaign to make roads safer and prevent further tragedies. See below for more on the Groves' campaign for Lillian's Law.

The family received the award at ceremony at the Houses of Parliament yesterday evening, attended by politicians, high-ranking police and fire officers, road safety campaigners, fundraisers and professionals, company executives and press.

Natasha Groves, Lillian's mum, said: "Nothing will ever make up for the travesty of Lillian being stolen from us, but it does help to know that in the future, Lillian's Law will help to save others from death or injury at the hands of drug drivers.

“We are really pleased to have the campaign recognised by Brake, who have been fighting for a drug driving law for many years, and supported us throughout to help make it happen."  

Awards recognising the contributions of parliamentarians in tackling devastating road crashes and casualties were also presented by the road safety charity.

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, received the National Campaigner Award for his work campaigning for automatic licence suspension for drivers who have killed or are caught at twice the drink-drive limit.

The campaign was launched by the family of Jamie Still, who was killed by a drink driver in January 2011, working alongside Mulholland and Brake.

Meanwhile, Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, received the Community Campaigner Award for his successful year-long campaign for road safety measures on a treacherous stretch of the A47 that had seen a spate of devastating crashes resulting in five deaths in six years.

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