Police issue Warne-ing

HOBART: Cricket legend Shane Warne filmed himself, fellow Australian Michael Slater and English cricketer Kevin Pietersen not wearing their seatbelts in Hobart.Cricketing bad boys Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen are being investigated by police for not buckling up while driving in Hobart.
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Warne and England legend Pietersen were shown in a Facebook video not wearing belts in a moving van on Monday.

Former Australian Test opener Michael Slater was also seatbeltless.

Warne posted the video to his Facebook page.

Former Australian Test captain Mark Taylor and former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy are also in the video, but both wereshown wearing belts.

During the video, Warne realises Slater and Pietersenaren’t buckledand urges them to, before revealing he is not wearing his seatbelt either.

“I can’t believe you don’t have your seatbelt on, Mick,” a rambunctious Pietersen says in the video.

On Thursday, Tasmania Police Acting Inspector Ian Mathewson said officers were reviewing the footage.

Kevin Pietersen in Shane Warne’s video. Picture: Facebook

“There is an investigation,” he said.

“I believe they will be (contacted) at some stage.

“They won’t be treated any different from any other individual that drives on Tasmanian roads, or who fail to wear a seatbelt on Tasmanian roads.”

Acting Inspector Mathewson said the video sent the wrong message to the public.

He said he was disappointed in the men and the fact the video was still on Facebook.

“It is disappointing for any vehicle occupant not to be wearing their seatbelt–but then, I suppose, it is even worse that it is these high-profile individuals who have failed to wear their seatbelts,” he said.

“I will admit, it does send the wrong message, given the campaign around Australia in regard to promoting the wearing of seatbelts.”

The penalty for not wearing a seatbelt in Tasmania is $300 and three demerit points, but Acting Inspector Mathewson said it could have been worse.

“The real penalty here is death or serious injury,” he said.

Cricket Australia was contacted for comment on Thursday, but did not respond.

The video was shared more than 200 times and was commented on more than 1200 times.

The footage comes following the launch of Tasmania Police’sSeatbelts Save Lives campaign late last month, aimed at greater awareness about the importance of the device’s use.

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