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Adrenalin Junkies Demand Place To Practice ‘Drifting’
Arab Times, 20 January 2013
Give us ‘playground’: More than twenty youths gathered in an open area at Salmi performing stunts with their cars and blocked the Salmi Road to traffic for almost 60 minutes, reports Al-Anba daily. As the police questioned the youths, they blamed the government for not providing special grounds away from the residential areas to practice their favorite sport.
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I completely agree with the junkies. Drifting is going on around Kuwait and it is in public areas where people might get hurt. Give them a place, regulate it, and make safety awareness mandatory!
Many people in Kuwait don't see what goes on if you're not visiting the areas where the drifting takes place. Its been going on in Kuwait for as long as I remember (since I arrived here in 1996 and probably before); in Kabd, Salmi, Wafra - places outside of the city and often late at night. You can hear the engines gunning from long distances away; and in the morning, you can see the evidence on the roads; shredded tires and rubber marks on the pavement. The police in these areas turn a blind eye ("boys will be boys" mentality - that is, of course, until someone gets seriously injured). Drifters are going to do it whether it is legal or not. Why not give them a place?
Bu Merdas has a farm in Kabd and he regularly calls the police as people drift in the co-op parking lot. People who want to get in and buy food often can't.
Now as it becomes more mainstream, drifting is taking place during the day. In Wafra on a Friday afternoon in front of the mosque, thousands of people line up to watch cars drifting. While I was there, the Imam actually got on the microphone and asked them to stop (they didn't). (Personally, I found it very disrespectful. Some people were even laughing.)
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