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Somerset mum makes plea against drink driving

Somerset mum makes powerful plea against drink driving following the death of her daughter in Taunton Photo: Avon and Somerset police

A Somerset mum is urging people not to drink and drive this Christmas following the death of her daughter.

Amy Hofmeister,13, died while cycling close to her home in Taunton in 2014. She was killed by two drivers racing at high speed.

Shortly afterwards her mother Jane started the "THINK Amy" campaign and this year is fronting the Avon and Somerset drink drive campaign.

I feel anger, I feel sadness, I feel hurt, I feel despair and I know I will never feel joy.

There are too many unnecessary deaths on the roads, so the work of THINK Amy is education and to spread that message.

– Jane Hofmeister

Across the region various police forces are starting drink drives campaigns today (Dec 1).

In line with previous successful drink and drug drive campaigns, Dorset Police will again be releasing the names and court appearances of all those charged with a drink and drug drive-related offence throughout the campaign.

In Gloucestershire the message is 'if drivers think they can get away with it, they should think again'. Police are warning anyone found guilty of drink driving face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a hefty fine, up to six months in prison and an endorsement on your licence for 11 years.

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