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Shaikh Zayed Road stunt drivers arrested

Police arrest daredevil drivers who were filmed performing dangerous stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter, and Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 17:44 May 24, 2010

Shaikh Zayed Road stunt drivers caught on camera
  • Image Credit: Youtube.com
  • The stunt drivers caught on camera were reportedly fans of the football club Al Wasl and were celebrating the club's victory by performing stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road.

Dubai: Daredevil drivers who were filmed performing dangerous stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road have been arrested, the Dubai Police deputy chief said on Monday.

A video of the stunts was posted on video-sharing site Youtube and was heavily circulated on Facebook. Shortly after the release of the video, Dubai Police set up a team to find and arrest the errant drivers.

"Shaikh Zayed Road is a vital road in Dubai, and these cars were not only endangering the lives of others but blocking traffic as well," said Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Dubai Police Chief.

"This affects the UAE's image negatively because many people commented that this is an example of how people drive in Dubai, which is not true," Al Mazeina said.
 


The stunt drivers were reportedly fans of the football club Al Wasl and were celebrating the club's victory by performing stunts on Shaikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Beach Road and other roads.

"Two cars were seized, while the police are still on the look[out] for two more. One of the owners hid his car in another emirate, while another tried to change the look of his car to escape punishment, but the two of them along with two others have been arrested and referred to public prosecution," Al Mazeina said.

The drivers are all UAE nationals in their 20s.

"Skilled drivers should go to designated race tracks on and off-road. They should not use the city's streets to show their skills and put the lives of others at risk, even for a few seconds," Al Mazeinah said.

"An accident can happen in a fraction of a second, so this behaviour will not be tolerated even for a short time," he added. He urged residents to immediately report such incidents to police.

Under the law, endangering the lives, health, security or freedom of others is punishable by a jail sentence.

Commenting on why these drivers were not immediately apprehended by police patrols, Al Mazeina said that police were busy accompanying the victory march of Al Wasl fans, which covered two kilometres.

Comments (20)

  1. Added 17:49 May 25, 2010

    Well, had this video not been posted these guys would have gone un noticed by the Police and that's what happens to many others who does the same on streets of Dubai, sharjah and even Ajman. The culture needs to be changed in this regard, there should be a proper campaign to educate people. I wonder how these modified vehicles go unnoticed where many other vehicles with minor faults are caught by police. The SZR is full of surveillance cameras and no body was watching them.....? I'm sorry but I guess its negligence from everybody's part including the concerned authorities.

    Muhammad Asim, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:02 May 25, 2010

    Good Job arresting these brats, but how come it took days? i hope they give these brats punishment they deserve for putting lives in danger, not because they put shame on the country's name by proudly posting and spreading these videos on-line.

    Lane Tores , Dubai , United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:18 May 25, 2010

    I say well done! Need more policing like this! Too many youngsters are taking to the streets doing what ever they want, when ever they want! Well done!

    Daman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:58 May 25, 2010

    I have seen many similar acts here in dubai specially during National UAE day or regualrly week end thursday night and friday's check, Jumeirah beach road , motor bikes racing on signal stops, they are speeding more than 70Kph only the max allowed in the beach road . i have not seen any apprehesion or arrest on the spot . The image of this country is being tainted by arrogance, bullish young ones from this region commonly bragging while driving the newly purchased car of their parents seemingly without care and consideration to their lives and others.

    Nujrev, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:52 May 25, 2010

    These people should be punished heavily. We can see lot of reckless drivers on the busy roads, changing lines freequently without putting indicators and saying bad words to those who dont gave side on time. The police should give the authority to few residents who all are on the road on most of their working hours to catch and punish these kind of people.

    Madhu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:11 May 25, 2010

    It's good to know that Dubai Police is serious in improving the safety of people on the roads but faster response to apprehend such drivers should be done. People who see such event should help by immediately reporting to the Police of such act. All Emirates should do the same for the safety of all. The road is not a race track nor a playground for stunt driving. More power to Dubai Police and keep it up!

    Ice, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:04 May 25, 2010

    Police must also arrest and prosecute people responsible for causing / contributing / involving motorists who kill over 1000 people per year in the UAE every year.

    Sumi Tiwari, Adelaide, Australia

  8. Added 13:48 May 25, 2010

    dont play with your and my lifes......police should tackle them as soon as possible...

    Salman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:32 May 25, 2010

    I really appreciate Dubai Police for taking action on such people. And this shows that Dubai Police's technology advancement too...by tracking offenders' video through Youtube.. I feel such offenders should be punished and that should be a WARNING to all such stunt masters.

    Darvin, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:08 May 25, 2010

    3 minutes performance on the road.why there was no one to report it to the police immediately?

    Thomas, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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