Riyadh: A video purportedly showing a Saudi stunt driver narrowly escaping death has been widely shared by users on the internet and mobile phones.
The video shows a young man driving a speeding car before he is thrown off the out-of-control vehicle. He misses being crushed under the wheels by a hairline gap.
Despite mounting attempts by the authorities to curb drifting, the phenomenon has become a raging 'sport' among young Saudi men.
Drifting, essentially rash driving, is the ‘opposite of grip driving’ and has been the result of a number of mishaps in the country.
Reports revealed that the Saudi Cabinet increased penalties for violators in attempt to rein in the practice.
Under the new law, a first time drifter will have to pay a fine of 20,000 riyals and his vehicle impounded for 15 days. A second time violator will have to pay 40,000 riyals and his vehicle impounded for one month, while a third time violator will have to cough up a sum of 60,000 riyals and his vehicle will be confiscated.
Those using rented or stolen car would have to pay additional fines.
The previous fines for violation included 1,000 riyals for first time, and 1,500 and 2,000 for the second and third time....