Are there no traffic cops in Saudi Arabia? Why is this tolerated?

Saudi youths demonstrate a stunt known as ‘sidewall skiing’ (driving on two wheels) in the northern city of Tabuk, in Saudi Arabia. Picture: REUTERS


Seems to me he is endangering the other drivers. Why is this permitted on a public highway?

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  • HRT

    They do it because there is not much else to do. Could go to the zoo in Riyadh I suppose but, it has different visiting hours for single males and families/females. No cinemas in Saudi either. I know, let’s do some car stunts.

    It’s tolerated – sort of – if the road is lightly used. I never saw this stunt but I did see plenty of racing. Never saw anybody hurt except the participants.

  • Belasarius

    As I recall there are about 18 million people in Saudi Arabia with half being foreigners. They have about the same number of deaths in auto accidents that we have in the states. They have big families, drive big cars, and don’t wear seat belts. They also speed, don’t use headlights, and there are no fences to keep live-stock off the road.

    And, young men don’t have any thing to do. I can’t imagine them playing basketball. Sometimes they throw a rug down on the side of the road, sit around and smoke cigarettes, and beat on drums.

    If you see the kids in the malls they walk around in western sports apparel with their hats on backwards. Veiled girls get out of the car in groups, run inside the mall and then flip their veils off. They walk around, giggle, and eyeball boys. Not everywhere but some of the more western cities.

  • dingo ate my baby

    uh guys we are missing the big picture here
    i would encourage this alot and i hope they never stop doing it and do it more and more
    worse thing that could happen is a big accident where muslims die
    you wont hear me complaining

  • Clausewitz

    Too busy keeping the streets clear of women drivers to actually enforce any logical traffic controls.

    • Frau Katze

      Aye, that it the important thing. Women drivers would be a real danger.

  • FunkyWinkerbeans

    There aren’t police in Saudi like there is here. You don’t see people pulled over on the side of the road getting a ticket. They have photo radar vehicles parked on the side of the road, but have to armour plate them because the locals throw rocks, etc. at them.

    • Frau Katze

      Wow. That bad, is it? Soddy Barbaria indeed.

  • Canadian

    I hope they keep tolerating this.
    Even encouraging it….

    • Just a thought

      It’s Saudi Arabia. Who cares?! When they start doing their part to stop terrorists, and be more tolerant, then I might consider it, ….might.

      • Canadian

        You`re too tolerant. 😉

  • Just a thought

    I knew people who used to do this back in the 60’s. Thankfully no one I knew got hurt. (no, not me, I know I’m too much of a klutz to even think I could do something like that)