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Think Amy charity backs our drink and drug drive campaign

The mother of a 13-year-old Somerset girl killed by speeding motorists is backing our annual Christmas and New Year drink and drug driving and road safety campaign, Operation Tonic.

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Jane Hofmeister, from Taunton, set up the Think Amy charity after her daughter died four years ago. She says she hopes Amy’s story will help prevent future tragedies.

In our last Operation Tonic campaign, in June 2015, we breath-tested 974 drivers compared with 472 in 2014 and charged 78 drivers compared with 97. We conducted 17 roadside drug tests with the new test equipment.

Road Safety Chief Inspector Yannis Georgiou said: “We are determined to do whatever we can to stop people driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. If just one collision or death is prevented, then our campaign will be a success.

“The message is clearer than ever - there is no excuse and we will arrest any drivers who are suspected to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.”

For more information and advice this Christmas and New Year - and all-year round - go to the Department for Transport’s dedicated road safety website