The dangers of reckless drink-driving were recently captured in two shocking consecutive incidents on a car’s dashboard camera in Liaocheng, east China’s Shandong Province recently. While driving in a heavily intoxicated state, the video shows the drunk driver hitting a man on a tricycle, killing him. Instead of stopping at the scene to report the accident to the police, the driver sped off while talking to a friend on the phone about the accident at the same time.
1500 meters later, the intoxicated driver was killed on impact, as he lost control of the car, crashed into a tree and plunged into a roadside ditch. According to an investigation by traffic police, the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level was as high as 300mg/100ml, fifteen times higher than the legal limit.
In China introduced new laws to combat drink-driving, by stipulating that the legal limit was 20mg/100ml. Any driver caught with a BAC between 20mg/100ml and 80mg/100ml can be punished by a fine between 1000-2000 yuan and a six month license suspension. Drivers with a BAC over 80mg/100ml can face a prison sentence of up to three years along with a five year driving ban, while drink-drivers who cause serious injury or death face much longer prison sentences and lifetime driving bans.