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Call to end illegal Bahrain street racing

Officials urge more police patrols and new road safety devices to halt daily night time races.

Call to end illegal Bahrain street racing
DANGER FEAR: Officials have called for an end to the illegal races over safety fears. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

Bahrain officials have called for more action to prevent young drivers staging illegal night time races down the main Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway.

According to a report in the Gulf Daily News, the youngsters take over the road in Hamad Town between midnight and 4am on a daily basis to carry out their reckless stunts.

Some races even involve driving through the neighbourhood’s smaller streets and in between houses, the paper reports.

At a meeting on Monday, Northern Municipal Council chairman Yousif Al Boori urged more police patrols and road safety devices to stop these dangerous races.

"Most are rich and even if caught by policemen, who catch them in sting operations during races, they are out within a week and continue racing," Al Boori was quoted as saying.

He said he feared races could begin as soon as 9pm during Ramadan when the youngsters have little to do after Iftar.

Al Boori urged the installation of road safety bollards and other speed calming measures to make it harder for the youths to stage their races.

The call comes a week after Bahrain’s Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa launched a major crackdown to enforce traffic regulations and cut the number of deaths on the kingdom’s roads.

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