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Family campaign for drink drivers to get longer sentences

Miriam Briddon was 21-year-old when she was killed in a car crash. Credit: Miriam Briddon's family

The family of a young woman from Ceredigion who was killed in a car crash are campaigning for drink drivers to get harsher punishment.

Miriam Briddon from Cross Inn in Ceredigion was killed on the 29th March 2014, while driving to her boyfriend's house in Felin Fach.

The driver of the other car, Gareth Entwistle, had been drinking and was speeding.

He failed to take a slight road bend and crashed into Miriam's car.

The driver of the car had been drinking and speeding. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales / Y Byd ar Bedwar

Mr Entwistle pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

He was sentenced in October 2015 to five and a half years in prison.

Miriam's family think his sentence is far too short and want drivers to get a harsher punishment.

Miriam Briddon's family are campaigning for harsher punishments. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales / Y Byd ar Bedwar

Their campaign is supported by Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones.

She's been campaigning to get the UK government to review sentences for driving offences, especially in the case of deaths on the roads.

In May 2014, the Government decided to start a review into sentencing.

We have every sympathy for victims and their families and friends who have lost loved ones.

Driving offences can have devastating consequences, which is why tough sentences of up to 14 years in prison can be imposed by the courts.

This is a serious and difficult issue which we are carefully considering how best to take forward.

– Ministry of Justice spokesperson

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