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Posted On: 6 January 2014 01:05 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:50 pm

Concern as young women compete with men in stunt driving on streets

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Following in men’s footsteps, many young women can now be seen doing stunt driving, a practice that can lead to serious accidents, local daily Arrayah has said. The daily quoted Sultan al-Sulaiti, a Qatari national, as saying that there were many young women who “compete” with young men on the street races. “Young women drive their cars in a manner similar to the rash driving by some young men.” He narrated an incident where he saw a young woman driving a Land Rover at a very high speed. He said he was angry at her behaviour and tried to warn her but he couldn’t reach her as she sped away. Al-Sulaiti added that this trend was increasing among young women who tend to use vehicles like Jeep or such other sport cars. A number of citizens said many mothers are heartbroken about their sons who lost their lives in stunt driving shows and races. They feel that it is important that the youth are directed to various other hobbies, skills, useful activities and positive behaviour to save their limbs and lives. They also highlighted the need for raising awareness on the danger of stunt shows through integrated programmes developed by the concerned authorities and social institutions. A citizen said that young people crave for stunt driving despite the fact that it is a dangerous hobby, which can result in fatal accidents and destruction of vehicles. He attributed this dangerous practice to the “time vacuum” that the youth have. Another citizen said that parents can exert more control on their children and save their lives by strengthening their religious beliefs and social principles. Homes and schools should take the responsibility of spreading awareness on dangers of stunt driving and ways to prevent it, he added. A 19-year old expatriate woman was killed after the quad bike she was driving overturned in the Sealine Resort area on Friday. Another young woman who was pillion riding with her was seriously injured. Many young men and teenagers can be seen driving dune buggies and quad bikes in an adventurous manner on the sand dunes and the surrounding areas near Mesaieed. A majority of them do not wear seat belts or helmets.