The story of a Guangdong woman who tweeted “Very drunk, but still have to drive home” before subsequently dying in a car crash is blowing up on Weibo today.
The woman, a young mother with the Weibo username 安娜830321, was reportedly out drinking with friends late into the night. At 4.29 AM she posted a photo of herself looking blurry-eyed and drunk, shortly afterwards she was involved in a fatal car crash, according to local media.
While some cynical netizens argued that this story only went viral because its victim was young and attractive, others used the tragedy to call for stricter controls on drink driving and better education about the dangers. Xinhua reports that following a tightening of restrictions in Shanghai, the number of drink driving cases fell by 70%.
In 2011, 3,555 traffic accidents were due to drunk driving, with 1,220 fatalities.
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