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Followup: Dubai authorities arrest YouTube hoons

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on May 24th 2010 at 5:33PM

A memorable day on a Dubai highway – Click above to watch video after the jump

Well, wouldn't 'cha know that it actually wasn't just another day in Dubai traffic. You may recall the video that we posted last Friday that showed a couple of hooning drivers doing wicked crazy burnouts, drifts and donuts all over public highways in Dubai... not to mention plenty of driving on two wheels. If not, now would be a good time to click past the break to see the video for yourself.

As it turns out, the two men – both UAE nationals in their 20s – driving the vehicles in question down Sheikh Zayed Road have been tracked down and arrested. As has happened in the past, police were able to identify the vehicles after seeing their license plates in full view from the videos uploaded to YouTube.

Let this be a lesson. A lesson of what, exactly, is up to you to discern. We'll go with a few: Don't hoon so obviously on highly trafficked public roads. Don't endanger the lives or livelihoods of your fellow citizens. And finally, don't upload videos of your illegal actions to YouTube unless you are willing to pay the consequences.

Oh, and speaking of consequences... these two drivers are reportedly facing up to three years in prison if convicted.

Dubai Police arrest SZR 'stunt' drive suspects

by Andrew White on Monday, 24 May 2010

VIDEO NASTY: Footage of one of the 4x4s being driven on two wheels along Sheikh Zayed Road.

Dubai Police have impounded the two vehicles at the centre of last week’s ‘stunt’ driving controversy on Sheikh Zayed Road, and arrested the cars’ owners.

Police were able to track the vehicles by identifying their number plates, Bader Dakash, a media coordinator with Dubai Police, said. Both men arrested were UAE nationals, aged in their 20s.

The suspects are thought to be facing up to three years in prison and fines if convicted.

Viewers from around the world watched as two large vehicles – a Nissan Patrol and a Toyota pickup truck – executed a series of tricks including driving on two wheels and performing do-nut manoeuvres, where a car circles around with smoke coming from all four tyres.

The video, which was posted on internet site YouTube and reported on ArabianBusiness.com, sparked a wave of criticism from driving experts as well as regular users of the 12-lane highway.

Peter Richardson, the general manager in charge of technical operations at the Emirates Driving Institute, said: “Those drivers, whoever they are, should be identified and should be punished for that behaviour."

The posting of the video came just a day after Robert Marks, a senior official of International Safety Council, said that Middle East roads were among the world's most dangerous with 18 of every 100,000 people losing their lives in crashes.




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Watching the video, its a shame you can't see how they put the SUV on two wheels, without a ramp.

And what is with the sound of the dark pickup doing burnouts? Sounds like a weed wacker.

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Wild...the facial expression on the driver at 1:14 is hilarious..

I saw that too. :) I wish the camera had stayed on him for a while.

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