• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Man reported for allegedly playing Neknominate drinking game while driving

A man has been reported to prosecutors for dangerous driving after allegedly playing the ''neknomination'' game while at the wheel.

Neknominate is a social media craze thought to have originated in Australia where young people are ''nominated'' to down strong drinks and carry out dares. Participants often share their exploits online after filming them on mobile phones.

Footage of a 42-year-old driver taking part in the game while at the wheel of a car in the Lockerbie area was shown to police, who were able to identify him.

A police spokesman said: "A 42-year-old man from Johnstonebridge is being reported to the procurator fiscal for dangerous driving after the discovery of a Neknomination piece of video footage shown to Police Scotland officers.

"The man, who was the driver of a car in the footage, has been traced."

Earlier this month the death of a teenager in Ireland was linked to the game.

Jonny Byrne, 19, drowned after he jumped in a river while taking part in a stunt.

Police Scotland have issued appeals urging people to consider their safety and that of others before taking part in such games.

Sergeant Emma Dodds said: "We realise that people participating in this have been involved in all sorts of dares, some are harmless and can be viewed as a bit of fun. Whilst this can be the case for the majority, as ever, we get examples of people taking it too far and taking part in behaviour that can be particularly irresponsible, reckless or even dangerous.

"We have noticed as the chain goes on, the dares or situations people put themselves in become more severe, as people try to outdo one another.

"Do not feel pressured into doing something that you will later regret. Not only do you have to consider your own safety and the safety of others, but remember any video posted online is there for all to see, including friends, family members and work colleagues. You might do something you later regret - all for the sake of a needless 'dare'."

Contextual targeting label: 
Automotive

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

211155