Over 2,000 people now backing #whitlamslaw

Harry Whitlam
Harry Whitlam

A petition calling to make drink driving laws apply to vehicles being driven on private land as well as public roads, has gained the support of more than 2,000 people.

The petition is part of a campaign, launched by the family of Harry Whitlam, who died aged 11 after being hit by a tractor on a working farm.

The driver of the vehicle, who was more than twice over the drink-drive limit, could not be prosecuted by West Yorkshire Police because he was on private land.

Harry’s family are now calling for a change in the law that would see everyone caught drink-driving, regardless of where, prosecuted.

The petition, on change.org, which is being backed by the Observer and Advertiser, now has the support of 2,216 people from around the country.

It also has the backing of road safety charity Brake who are asking people to keep signing the petition.

Gary Rae, campaigns director, said; “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 readers to get behind the campaign.”

Harry’s mum, Pamela said: “I believe there should be no distinction between private or public land if someone is found to be in charge of a motor vehicle whilst under the influence.

“By driving in this state they do not only endanger the lives of others but also put their own life at risk.

To see and sign our petition, search for #whitlamslaw at www.change.org