A MOTHER campaigning to get the drink drive limit reduced has been given new hope.
Michelle Bell and her husband, Steve, lobbied Parliament after their daughter Jordan, 14, died in a road crash in Layer Road, Colchester, in 2008.
In 2011 their hopes of helping others avoid the same heartache were dashed when the Government rejected proposals to lower the legal drink-drive limit from 80mgs in 100mls of blood to 50mgs.
But the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse yesterday this week revived the proposal as part of a series of recommendations to combat alcohol misuse.
Research shows drivers are physically and mentally impaired at 50mgs.
The driver who struck their daughter had been drinking but was under the legal limit.
Mrs Bell, a driving instructor from Littlefield Road, Colchester, said: “It is brilliant to hear they have backed us.
“It is something we have been campaigning to get changed for years.
“It was a big blow in 2011 and every time another family suffers because it wasn’t changed I get frustrated and angry.
“But I have always held onto hope.
“I know what family’s are going through .
“It was six-and-a-half-years ago we lost Jordan and we really hope this will make a difference.
“It is still hard every day and people have got to be made more aware of the risk and any reduction in the limit is a positive.”
Many countries in Europe already have a drink drive limit of 50mgs.
Other recommendations include health warnings on alcohol, similar to cigarettes, and a minimum price per unit.
Jordan was trying to cross Layer Road, Colchester, when she was hit by a speeding car.
The teenager, who was a pupil at Alderman Blaxill School, was treated by paramedics at the scene, but was pronounced dead at Colchester General Hospital.
The driver of the car involved in the crash was fined £750 and banned for one year for speeding and careless driving. The court heard he was two mgs beneath the legal alcohol limit.