F1 star prompts probe after Snapchat selfie on motorway
FORMULA 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is being investigated by police after publishing footage of himself using a cellphone while driving a motorbike in New Zealand.
The 31-year-old, who is visiting New Zealand before heading to Melbourne for the Australian GP, has drawn the attention of police after he published two videos of himself driving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on an Auckland motorway.
In one video, which he sent to his thousands of followers on photo and video sharing app Snapchat, Mr Hamilton shot a clip of himself heading down a motorway entrance prior to merging with other vehicles on the highway.
Another video shows Mr Hamilton as he is driving. It then pans over his shoulder to shoot the traffic behind him.
A police spokesman said police had been provided with copies of the footage.
"Police will be reviewing the footage and taking any appropriate action it deems necessary," he said.
"Police take a strong stance on any activity which places undue risk on the lives on any person on the road. The use of mobile phones is a significant distraction, especially on a motorcycle, and can cause serious crashes on our roads."
Using a mobile while driving became illegal in November 2009 although it continues to be an issue on New Zealand roads.
Mr Hamilton attracted the spotlight earlier this week after he tweeted a critical message of SkyCity Casino to his 3.2 million followers on Monday night.
"Don't ever go to sky city casino in Auckland, they treated me like dirt," he wrote. "Can't believe how rude they were. Worst casino experience ever."
The driver has since deleted his tweet.