I think there is some merit... http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/24Aug2005_news09.php "Academics, child rights advocates and police threw cold water yesterday on a proposal to allow young people to race motorcycles on a designated city main road late at night. They agreed it was not the right answer to the problem of illegal street racing. The proposal was put forward by Social Development and Human Security Minister Watana Muangsook after a meeting on Monday with a group of young motorcyclists representing racers' groups in Bangkok and Samut Sakhon. The racers asked for a straight road, with a minimum length of one kilometre, to be designated for motorcycle racing every Friday night from 10pm to 1am. The new Rama V road would be an ideal choice given the light traffic there, they said. The minister told them to put together all their information and send him a report by Friday. Amornvich Nakhontap, of Chulalongkorn University's faculty of education, said street racing was illegal. It would not be right for the government to legalise such a practice. ''Not to mention that the racing would disturb residents in the area. Another key question is who would be responsible should fatal accidents occur?'' he said. He doubted whether the minister really understood the problem. ''Not all kids' ideas are constructive,'' Mr Amornvich said. ''There are youngsters who just love racing in a risky and illegal way, drunk, doing it in a prohibited area and without crash helmets. ''They would lose interest if we provided a racing strip and set conditions.'' The ministry should find other creative activities to draw youngsters away from street racing. ''Our society is now in need of the positive. What Mr Watana is going to do will increase the negative side,'' he said. Pol Maj-Gen Montri Chamroon, deputy head of the city police, said the state should build a race track and ensure racing was kept strictly off the roads."