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Saudis call for more stringent action against drift drivers

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    http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi...ingent-action-against-drift-drivers-1.2026774


    Manama: Saudi social media users have voiced strong concerns about car drifters on highways and called for intensified traffic patrols and more severe legal action to deter dangerous driving.

    The calls were issued following the posting on social media of a nine-second footage showing a young man fall on the highway while the vehicle he was riding cruised on only two wheels.


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    The body of the man who was hanging out the elevated side of the car was thrown onto the asphalt when the driver re-established the car on its four wheels.

    Reports did not mention what happened to the passenger following the fall, but the horrifying scene went viral on the internet and sparked intense reactions against drifting and drift drivers.

    “I hope that the drifter and all his passengers are caught and sent to jail for their terrible behaviour,” Mishal said. “This is a total failure of shouldering responsibilities and of living up to the minimum level of civism.”


    Al Shaer said that although the authorities are taking strong action, some drifters did not seem to care.

    “Despite all the action taken by the Interior Ministry against drifting, some people insist on abusing roads. There are no easy solutions for these people who do not seem to care about their own lives.”
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tafheet

    Tafheet

    Arab Drifting, Saudi Drifting, or Middle East drifting, known in Arab countries as Tafheet (تفحيط), or Hajwalah (هجولة), is an illegal street racing-like phenomenon believed to have started in the late 1970s that involves trying to "drift" cars; to drive cars that are generally non-modified factory-setup rental cars at very high speeds, around 160–260 km/h (100–160 mph), across wide highways throwing the car left and right. In the process, racers often drive dangerously close to traffic, barriers, and spectators watching from the roadsides without any protection.[1][2][3][4]

    Tafheet driver practice and events are generally seen on the wide sectioned highways of Riyadh, Al-Qassim Province and, less notably, in other parts of Saudi Arabia.[5]

    The technique does not involve recognised high-speed rally racing skills such as high-speed cornering using power slides. The skill involves sliding around on a wide flat straight road section at high speed, drifting sideways, and recovering with opposite lock, repeatedly. Tafheet practice and events occur with little or no concern for vehicle occupants, other drivers, or spectator safety. Many videos and compilations of the minor and horrific accidents that result are posted online.[1]