Muscat: A number of drifters were arrested for performing stunts with their cars on a public road in Rustaq, North Al Batinah governorate, Royal Oman Police (ROP) officials said.
The drivers were drifting and performing stunts on Friday night when police arrested them.
ROP said some of the cars were modified, and have since been confiscated by authorities.
“The drivers are being investigated after increasing the danger to other motorists and pedestrians,” ROP said.
Police also called upon citizens to report such cases to authorities.
According to the state’s traffic law, drifting is a crime.
Last year, police confiscated 20 cars which were modified to be used for drifting and show purposes in South Al Batinah governorate, following complaints from residents.
According to the latest update on road accidents released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there was a 9.3 per cent increase in the number of expatriates who lost their lives in road accidents during the first 11 months of 2016, compared with the same period last year.
As many as 223 expatriates, 29 of them females, died in road accidents during this period.
The number of Omanis who lost their lives in road accidents fell by 6.7 per cent to 393, which included 62 females.
The number of Omani males who died in road accidents fell by 6 per cent to 331, compared with a 10.1 per cent drop in the number of Omani female deaths. In contrast, the number of fatalities went up by 6 per cent to 194 among expatriate males, and by 38.1 per cent among expatriate females.
During the same period, the number of traffic injuries declined by 23.1 per cent to 2,604, from 3,388 injuries logged in the same period last year.
The number of Omanis injured in traffic accidents decreased by 24.4 per cent to 1,949, while the number of injured expatriates dropped 19 per cent to 655.