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Joy Riding – Death Penalty

February 21, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

To all you joy riders out there in KSA, what say you…to this.

And for those that don’t know how much of a great pastime drifting is for many young Saudis, check some of these.

  1. Fawaz
    February 21, 2007 at 4:05 PM

    That guy deserves death for what e did and others should be warned before they do crazy stunts.

  2. Yousef
    February 21, 2007 at 7:21 PM

    Finally the courts decide to send drifters and reckless drivers a harsh warning. This guy was well known in Saudi Arabia for the stunts he used to do but now he has to pay for killing those kids

  3. Amir
    February 22, 2007 at 2:11 AM

    Even though I am totally against the death penalty, something should be done to curb the nonsense that goes on in Saudi streets and this just might send the right message to all those who do this. I can’t count how many times I have almost been in an accident because some youth was driving recklessly near my car.

  4. Saad
    February 22, 2007 at 6:14 AM

    I have heard of this guy before and he was known for drifting and other crazy stunts. Wow they are going to kill him i wonder how other drifters feel about this.

  5. February 22, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Needless to say the driving habits of the majority in Saudi is insane. From the ‘drifters’ to other stunt and drag racing down the main streets to the everyday drivers who act as if they have no sense.

    But I have very mixed feelings on this. Death sentence as an example.. rather than truly addressing the issue and coming up with a real solution. I’m not all in favor of. There needs to be real solutions, not just choosing to make an example of a single person.

    Add in that guys willingly got into the car with him. He didn’t force them, they went willingly to what was termed a ‘death’ ride. Hello!! Doesn’t the actions of all willing participants count? or just the driver?

    I don’t see this verdict as teaching anyone a lesson. Most if not all people that do these types of things hold the thinking nothing will ever happen to them anyway. So it will hold true in regards to this ‘lesson’ “that was him it won’t happen to me”

    btw ever notice that police officers and military personal are the worst drivers in Saudi??

    Yea…I’ve noticed that too. With power and influence over others comes a sense of security thinking they can break the law; and sometimes they do get away with the things they do.

  6. Arabian Princess
    February 23, 2007 at 1:28 AM

    It is wrong to make an example out of this single incident because there have been many that happened before it and people were let off with blood money and they got back to doing it again. I don’t agree at all with the death sentence. It might scare off joy riders for now but with time they will surely forget about that incident and try out their luck and who is to say the same won’t happen?

    The authorities should overcome this issue in another way because just sending them to death is not the right answer.

  7. Jacqui
    February 23, 2007 at 7:15 AM

    I was schocked when I read about the death penalty. I was wondering how in teh world this would solve this regionwide problem. Those reckless drivers will lay low for a while and then take to the streets after some time until someone else is killed and then they will stop for a while and start again. It’s all a vicious cycle and until a real solution is brought up, nothing will change.

  8. Abu Jaber
    February 23, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    I used to drift when I was young and whenever we would hear about soeone who was killed we would still continue making crazy actions with our cars and even if we ever got into trouble there was always connections to hep us. so i dont think this killing him will change anything in saudi

  9. Hatim
    February 24, 2007 at 6:32 AM

    I used to joy ride myself and ride with joy riders but I stopped because of how dangerous it was. I am totally against killing abo cap since it will do nothong. They should instead either make race courses for young ones or something similar or at least some psychological treatment of some kind. i know joy riders and they will resume thei stunts in some time

  10. Hypnotic
    February 25, 2007 at 3:25 AM

    I totally disagree with the death sentence. I mean what could it possibly do to solve this big problem in the saudi arabia? joy riders will simply take to the streets once again after a few days of killing the man. the authorities should do more to solve this instead of just makin examples of reckless drivers because death doesn’t solve anything. they have the money and resources so they should use countries like britain as an example and implement strict laws.

  11. Joufi
    February 27, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    I can’t believe some of you are against the death penalty. the man killed some people and he is guilty even if they willingly went with him. what if he killed pedestrians? i have seen many drift occassions were hundreds of men and mostly little teenage boys gather and watch dangerous stunts from the side of the road while cars come spinning at over 100 kilometers per hour out of control. what if others died? this should be a warning to everyone else because it could happen to them at anytime

  12. Greg
    February 27, 2007 at 7:50 PM

    I have seen the videos and it baffles me as to how it was possible for this to go on without the authorities cracking down on them with real force. In other nations you would not see people doing this for fear of the consequences and the consequences I speak of are not death, but some jail time and maybe a fine. But I don’t think that bothers Saudis since they have their influential contacts to call up when in trouble. I personally believe that is one of the reasons young men do criminal acts, because they know they can always depend on someone to bail them out without facing any trouble for the problems they cause.

    I honestly don’t think killing that man will improve the situation. As many before me said, joy riders and other offenders will just lay low for a while and then forget about the whole thing and in no time we will be seeing more drifters and reckless drivers in the streets.The government should try other means of fixing this problem.

  13. Sam
    February 28, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Regardless of how we think is the best way to overcome this dangerous habit of teenagers and men in KSA, I’m glad most of us agree that something should be done other than just killing the drivers who end up taking the lfie of others.

    Although the issue at hand is one of manslaughter and a grave one at that, I have a suggestion as to how the authorities can deal with these juvenile delinquents: community service by cleaning mosques, beaches, malls, or even hypermarkets such as Carrefour and Giant Stores. These young men are proud beings and due to the majority of Saudi families who have maids, I’m sure these young men have never cleaned anything unless you call driving to the laundry and dropping off tomorrow’s school clothes cleaning. The embarrassment alone of being doing community service will surely make them think of their mistakes.

    We need more judges like this man…who obviously sees what’s wrong with the way the authorities deal with offenders.

  14. Layla
    March 1, 2007 at 4:36 PM

    One time our car almost got rammed by a drifter who lost control. It was one of the scariest experiences I ever had and my father lost his temper and got out to give the driver a piece of his mind but as soon as the other car regained control they ran away. I don’t think killing joy riders will change the reality of our youth.

    In order to stop the younger ones from learning these habits, the older ones should be disciplined well by forcing them to do progressive things such as community service. Counseling might help but I don’t know how effectve it will be and felons might even take it as a joke as even shools usually don’t have counselors except for most private schools.

  15. March 8, 2007 at 4:41 PM

    Even though I truly despise those reckless drivers and want them to pay for the deaths and damage they cause, I don’t think the death penalty will solve anything. There were a few incidents when joy riders nearly hit our car and my father would each time report the license plates of their cars to the police only for the police to end up finding out the car was rented in the first place.

  16. March 10, 2007 at 10:18 AM

    Yes, he killed people, caused families pain, caused many grief. But I don’t see what killing him will prove. The system should find other ways to solve this issue. Friends who used to work in Saudi Arabia have told me about the dangers of the streets and the number of kids that die as a result of these stunts.

    The way I see it, the problem lies in the police department. They should tighten their grip on drivers and not allow influential connections to intervene when disciplining someone. I agree with sam as well. Community service is a reasonable method since no one would like to be seen by others cleaning the streets or beaches. That should make them think twice.

  17. Osman
    March 12, 2007 at 6:14 AM

    The death penalty is a bit harsh if you ask me. Perhaps they should implement other methods to descrease this. As other commenters suggested tjoy riders will only go back to their old habits after some time. But I understand what the authorities are going through. This is a tough job on their hands because with all the wasta people have, they can just do something with a good chance of avoiding punishment.

  18. Ali
    March 14, 2007 at 4:40 PM

    Way to go Saudi justice system! Kill all joy riders. That will save everyone! Is it me or is the justice system getting stupider day by day? First all those ridiculous sentences they pass out AGAINST the victims of rape and beatings. then the verdicts against innocent women whose husband mistreat them and divorce them like fatima who is still in a dammam prison cell with her children. now this! let’s see if that man’s death changes anything.

  19. MJ
    March 18, 2007 at 10:23 AM

    honestly if i were in the shoes of the victims family, i would also wish for the death penalty even if the kids went willingly

  20. Jassem
    March 21, 2007 at 12:15 AM

    This will surely send shockwaves to all other joyriders and stunt doers because now they are also liable to be put on the death penatly instead of the usual blood money which is an easy escape.

  21. Imran
    March 22, 2007 at 12:48 PM

    Finally the cops decided to do something about these crazy drivers? I don’t know about the death penalty but I hope this stops the idiots from driving insane. How many times did I almost get hit by a Saudi? And its not just the teenagers who do this! grown men and even the police men do this alot with or without their uniforms.!

  22. Hijazi
    March 23, 2007 at 5:12 PM

    Even though I am not a fan of capital punishment, this is Saudi Arabia, and the Shariah law states that if someone kills a person, they recieve the same treatment. This man made a big mistake and never learned from his past felonies. He instead chose to do it again and again, until he caused people to die. What’s more ironic is, I believe he’s in law enforcement!

  23. Abu Ali
    March 31, 2007 at 12:52 PM

    have they executed him already?

  24. Saleh
    May 3, 2007 at 5:33 AM

    It is the first time I hear of such a thing. Before the courts used to treat these kind of deaths as accidents and eventually short jail sentences and some blood money. Now this is a good sign that they are now treating this as murder because that is exactly what it is.

  25. rami
    October 27, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    yeah good idea go ahead and execute 3 million saudi teenagers for reckless driving or drifting ….. can you beleive such a thing …. if we were to execute our teenagers for reckless driving, then there would be no more teenage boys in the kingdom.

  26. February 7, 2008 at 2:05 AM

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  27. RUSSS
    March 21, 2010 at 7:27 AM

    Well lets think about this if you were a teenager in KSA in the middle of a desert and you couldn’t go to parties, drink alcohol, date girls, have sex, smoke pot, or eat pork products what else is there to do for them ????? it is very sad young people die from this but i have to admit it looks fun and if i was there i would do it to, why don’t they give these kids a giant airstrip of concrete thats designated for drifting and let them do it there under the condition crowds must stay back or have something separating the crowd?? that way they cant hurt anyone but themselves

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