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’.”