A PUB landlady may seem an unusual occupation for a mother who lost her 17-year-old daughter as a result of drink-driving, but Lynn Hilton is an extraordinary woman.
Founder of Mothers Against Drink Drivers UK, Lynn has campaigned tirelessly to make people aware of the dangers of drink-driving since her eldest child, Nichola, was killed 10 years ago.
For the past five months she has been running the Shady Oak pub in Tiverton, but continues to fight for motorists to receive better alcohol education.
Nichola Hilton was mowed down as she walked with her father in her home town of Wigan in May 1993.
Lynn, 46, said: 'I live with the aftermath, but I live with the knowledge that it's preventable. When she was on the pavement with her father she should have been in the safest place in the world.
'I want people to know about the way she was killed so it can be stopped.'
A video showing the tale of Nichola's death is shown to thousands of offenders each year as part of their drink-driv -ing rehabilitation programme, which has the effect of shocking and shaming.
But Lynn believes, rather than just re-educating offenders, people should be clear about the dangers of drink-driving much earlier.
She said: 'Ninety nine per cent of people who go on that course all say they feel cheated that they didn't get the information before they had a licence.
'It isn't just about victims, it's about alcohol consumption - all the myths that people have about how much they can consume.
'There's not enough information out there for them to rightly calculate. There's a lot of people who go on the two-and-a-half-pints assumption, but there's a lot of different strengths out there.
'It's really important that people realise it's down to them, and the only safe way is to not mix alcohol and driving at all, and that's for
'I and location. your own protection as well as other people's. You don't always get a second chance.'
Nichola was killed instantly when a car carrying seven people ran into her and her father. Lynn's husband, Jeffrey, was left brain-dead with three breaks to the spine.
The driver of the car had been banned on three previous occasions and eventually served twoand-a-half years in prison, but Lynn sees the other people in the car as just as guilty, having bought alcohol for the driver that evening.
She also blames the licensee where they had been drinking, who knew when they left that they would be driving home.
Speaking of the aftermath of the accident, Lynn said: 'Her little gold earrings were embedded in the wall. The ambulance man, 30 years experience, went home and wept. Professional policemen needed counselling.'
The pub offers a wide range of non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks, and drivers get free soft drinks and coffee all evening and a meal with any three paying customers.
At Christmas Lynn plans to organise a bus to bring people from Chester so they can leave their cars at home.
She said: 'It probably seems a strange trade for someone like myself to go into, but people throughout the trade have to start thinking, and I see no problem with being a caring landlord.
'We have to get more in line with the European way of thinking, which is more family-orientated.'
In the year that Nichola died, Lynn, together with 600 families who had also lost loved ones that year, marched to Downing Street with half a million signatures.
Mothers Against Drink Driving called for the doubling of the maximum prison term for causing death by drink-driving to 10 years. This was achieved 13 months later.
Lynn said: 'Any family can now contact our organisation and get help as they go through the court process.'
She wants everyone to be educated about the dangers of driving while on drink or drugs - and of falling asleep at the wheel - at the time learners take the theory test.
As a first step, she is donating a television and video recorder to the test centre in Wigan. The 12-minute film telling the story of Nichola's death will be played as people wait to take their theory test. However, the scheme at this stage will be voluntary.
Lynn said: 'I know from the journey I've been on the last 10 years that education is lacking, and it's a small amount of money.'
She added: 'My life has been completely taken over by the campaign.
'I have a yearly target and this year's is to get this equipment into the centres. I haven't got the funds to get it into every centre, but I can at least do it in the area where Nichola was killed.'