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Mother backs drink-driving alert
Karl Hunt
Mr Hunt's mother said his death had stunned the family
The mother of a 19-year-old who died in a road accident has backed the police's Christmas drink-driving campaign.

Karl Hunt was killed when the car driven by his girlfriend, who had been drinking, collided with a lorry on the A511, near Ashby in Leicestershire.

His mother, Wendy Batten, said the accident in 2006 had left a "big hole" in her family's life.

The chief constable of Nottinghamshire Police, Steve Green, has also called for a lower drinking driving limit.

Mrs Batten said: "Karl was my life. I have still got my daughter but it has left a big hole. My future for now is on hold, I can't make any plans.

"Everything we did we did as a family together but now we can't plan anything like Christmas."

The crash which killed Karl Hunt
The driver is now serving a prison sentence

Leicestershire Police said 40% of drivers caught over the alcohol limit during their Summer Drink and Drug Drive Campaign were under the age of 25.

John Budulis, a road safety officer, said: "It appears that young people in particular are continuing to ignore our warnings and are getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

"Not only are they risking lives and the lives of their passengers and other road users, but they are also risking their licence, their job prospects and their freedom if they are given a prison sentence.

Chief Constable Green said he believed making drink driving rules tougher would make an important statement.

He said: "Would it make it clearer if we lowered that limit from 80 to 50 milligrams for drink driving?

"I think that would make a difference but that is a discussion we will have to have with government."



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Wendy Batten talking about the loss of her son to a drunk driver



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