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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Abu Dhabi police target 'boy racers' putting lives at risk

Clampdown on young motorists performing dangerous desert stunts, modifying vehicles and organising illegal race meets

Jeep on a dune in the desert, Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, Middle East, Asia. Getty Images
Jeep on a dune in the desert, Dubai, UAE, United Arab Emirates, Middle East, Asia. Getty Images

Police in Abu Dhabi have launched a clampdown on reckless 'boy racers' putting lives at risk by performing dangerous desert stunts and illegally modifying bikes and cars to increase their speed.

Young motorists are being urged to stick to traffic regulations or risk being hit with a hefty fine - and even the loss of their vehicle.

Abu Dhabi Police have issued a warning to danger drivers they could be fined up to Dh2,000, according to traffic law, have 23 black points placed on their license or even have their vehicle impounded for up to 60 days.

Motorists who make illegal modifications to their cars or bikes - to increase speeds and amplify sound - could also land a Dh2,000 fine along with 12 penalty points and a 30-day impound order.

Police are also targeting youths who organise impromptu race meets, with gatherings of people and their cars, and urged the public not to encourage such acts on social media.

Officers are appealing to parents to help prevent their children from driving recklessly in a bid to boost road safety and save lives.

The move comes after authorities in Sharjah erected barriers in the desert and flattened sand dunes to curb dune bashing.

The measures were taken in the wake of an accident that saw a Yemeni man having to be rescued from a vehicle that had caught fire in Sharjah.

Sharjah Police warned that residents and visitors are continuing to drive recklessly in the desert, particularly when it comes to performing stunts on quad bikes.

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