Campaign in Harry’s name gathers pace with almost 1,000 signatures

Harry Whitlam .
Harry Whitlam .

A petition launched by the Observer & Advertiser in support of family’s call for a change in law, has already gained the support of almost 1,000 people, including councillors and road safety charity, Brake.

The petition was started to support the campaign led by Harry Whitlam’s family asking for a law change, to make drink-driving laws apply to vehicles being driven on private land.

Eleven-year-old Harry died after being hit by a tractor on a working farm in Rothwell.

The driver of the tractor was more than twice over the drink-drive limit, but due to a loophole in the law, he could not be prosecuted - because he was driving on private land.

Now Harry’s family is calling for a law change that would see everyone caught drink-driving, regardless of where, prosecuted.

The campaign has been given the support of Brake, the road safety charity.

Click here to sign the petition.

Gary Rae, campaigns director, said: “It cannot be right that someone on private property is able to consume twice the legal amount of alcohol, then get in a powerful commercial vehicle and kill a child.

“Not only does the Whitlam family have to try and cope with the sudden and violent death of their child, they now have to battle for justice for Harry. I want them to know that they are not alone in this fight, and I would ask all readers of the Observer & Advertiser to get behind the campaign.”

The campaign is also been supported by councillors Judith Elliott and Neil Dawson.