Posted on Liveleak 27 Feb. 08
Abdullah Alghamdi, who organises "extreme driving" gatherings:
For me there are several reasons why "extreme driving" works so well in Saudi Arabia. Firstly, there's not much to do for young men here. There are only snooker rooms, cybercafés and shisha bars, and they close early. And when everything's shut, young people are lost for ideas. Another reason is that for some it's also a way to get famous. Some people really are tafhit stars, known in all of Riyadh, even all over the country. There aren't many people who can control a car at the speed of 110-125 miles an hour. It's also a good way of finding a "friend" — it's popular with gay people. And finally, the police were lenient. At least at the beginning, before the case of Abou Rikab. [Abou Rikab is the pseudonym of a driver who killed two brothers aged 15 and 16 in a tafhit accident. He was given the death sentence.] But even after, you know that tafhit is the last of the police's cares."
4 March 08
Our Observer in Saudi Arabia, blogger Ahmed Al Omran:
I admit it: this country lacks proper entertainment outlets for youths. There are no cinemas, extracurricular activities in schools; and universities have little to offer; sports clubs are poorly managed and can't cope with the increasing numbers of youths. However, and no matter how many excuses some people can come up with to explain why young men here are into car "drifting", I still think that there is no justification to put others people's lives in danger.
Bored? Go read a book, rent a movie, go swimming, or even go masturbate for all I care, but please oh please don't get behind the wheel and jeopardize our lives. Driving on these roads is dangerous enough, and we've already seen so much blood spilt on the asphalt, we don't need idiots killing themselves and others just because they were trying to have some fun."
Mansour Al-Turki, Riyadh police spokesman:
March 3, 2008
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