Sunday 25 September 2016

Lewis Hamilton escapes punishment after dangerous motorbike selfie

Published 16/03/2016 | 08:48

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

He is known for his handling skills when behind the wheel of an F1 car but Lewis Hamilton's ability apaprently extends to motorbikes too as the champion driver was able to take a selfie video while on two wheels - and get away with it.

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Hamilton posted the video when driving on the motorway in Auckland, New Zealand, where driving while using a mobile phone has been illegal since 2009.

However, despite a mini-outcry about the danger that Hamilton's mobile video could have caused, New Zealand police today announced that they will not take any action against the Mercedes driver.

"The video footage available does not provide us with sufficient enough evidence that an offence has occurred," police said in a statement published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

"We would like to reiterate our earlier statements that police take the issue of mobile phone use whilst driving or riding very seriously, it is a significant distraction and a major risk to all road users."

This isn't the first time that Hamilton's vehicular behaviour has caused controversy away from the track. In 2007 he was suspended from driving in France for a month after being caught speeding at 196 kph.

The punishment for driving in New Zealand while using your phone is about €54 so even if the police had decided to press charges, it would only have marginally dented Hamilton's daily spending money.

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