VIDEO: Drifter in Saudi knocks over light pole, slams into a parked car
At least one driver gets into an accident in Saudi every second
A video clip of a car knocking over a street’s light pole and crashing into a parked car while drifting in Saudi Arabia, went viral on social media.
The car that lost control was amongst two other cars that were also stunt driving.
The clip showed the third car lose control and spin causing it to collide with one of the parked cars at Al Nasr neighborhood in Riyadh.
In the video you can see the crowd standing along the sidewalk jump when the car slammed into the parked car.
The video caused an outbreak of wide reactions and criticism from Saudis who are demanding traffic police to tighten their grip on reckless drivers who threaten the lives of other citizens.
According to Saudi traffic authorities, at least one driver gets into an accident in the kingdom every second, while at least 20 people - mostly young Saudi men - die per day to speeding, drifting or reckless driving.
In August, the kingdom announced a significant increase in penalties, such as traffic fines and stricter legislation, in the hope that it will curb the phenomenon.
New amendments to the traffic law code stipulate that a driver caught drifting on a first offense will receive a 20,000-riyal penalty ($5,330.85), in addition to the car being impounded for 15 days. A second-time offender will be fined 40, 000 riyals ($10,661.69) and referred to court to determine whether a prison sentence will be handed down.
A third time offender will see that fine increase to 60,000 riyals ($16,000) in addition to potential jail time and car being confiscated permenantly.