Dashcam released of drink-driver's crash that killed his young son

·News Reporter
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WARNING - DISTRESSING CONTENT: Dashcam video has been released by authorities showing a fatal crash where an unlicensed, drink-driving father veered his motorbike onto the wrong side of the road before colliding head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

The man's young son, who was positioned in between his father and the handlebars, died at the scene of the crash, with traffic police in the Chinese province of Guangdong using the video as a warning to motorists to avoid drink-driving.

Via their official WeChat account on Sunday, Maoming Traffic Police said it was the second time in just two years the driver had been caught drink driving.

Police released footage of the fatal crash to warn other drivers of the dangers of drink driving. Source: Maoming Traffic Police/ The Paper
Police released footage of the fatal crash to warn other drivers of the dangers of drink driving. Source: Maoming Traffic Police/ The Paper

"If you make such a mistake [once], you should learn a lesson... But in real life there are still people who do not repent," they said in a statement.

The fatal crash occurred just after 6pm on August 11 in the rural town of Magui. 

Dashcam video shows the oncoming scooter driver suddenly veer onto the wrong side of the rural road.

Appearing to make a last-ditch attempt to swerve away, the scooter collides with the oncoming car, sending both the father and son from the scooter. 

According to Maoming Traffic Police, the son, whose age was not disclosed, died instantly.

Neither father or son were wearing helmets, a relatively common practice in China.

The extent of the father's injuries are unclear, and it is understood investigations into the matter are ongoing.

Police said after testing the father returned a 0.225 blood-alcohol content reading.

The video has since been shared on Twitter-like social media site Weibo multiple times including by national publications The Paper and Global Times.

The footage sparked a strong reaction from users on the site, with many shocked over the driver's behaviour particularly when with his son.

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