End of the road for drifting freaks in capital

End of the road for drifting freaks in capital
Updated 31 October 2015

End of the road for drifting freaks in capital

End of the road for drifting freaks in capital

RIYADH: In a major crackdown on thrill seekers who jeopardize their as well as others’ lives, the city’s traffic police have arrested 1,126 car drifters and have impounded 7,812 vehicles.
The arrests were made in connection with various traffic violations during a recent intensive campaign covering the capital’s main streets, squares and intersections.
The campaign aimed at keeping the dangerous pastime in check across the Kingdom and boosting traffic safety awareness.
Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn.
A spokesman from the Riyadh Traffic Police Department said on Thursday that the campaign, with the support of the patrol units, targeted undercover car-related crime rings.
“If drivers continue to violate the rules, the traffic police will seize the car of that driver and will impose a penalty,” the spokesman said.
He said serial offenders would be punished harshly with tough penalties including fines, placing the driver under custody and seizing the car.
The spokesman said the operation has two objectives: To encourage drivers to follow the traffic instructions, rules and regulations and to publish photos of the culprits in order to minimize accidents and violations and to smoothen the service.
He stressed the importance of cooperation between motorists and traffic police, which can be achieved only through respect for a safe society and a smooth traffic system.
Such efforts by traffic authorities have thus far resulted in the reduction of accidents and drifting incidents significantly.
Importantly, in the past, authorities called on parents to monitor their sons, urging them to help reduce the extreme results of drifting, especially as most of them are youth.