Driver caught prac­tis­ing bag­pipes at wheel

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL - JONO ED­WARDS jono.ed­wards@odt.co.nz

IN per­haps the most defini­tively Dunedin of traf­fic of­fences, a male mo­torist was let off with a warn­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter play­ing his bag­pipes while driv­ing a car.

Act­ing Sergeant Bryce John­son, of Dunedin, said the man was pulled over in Craw­ford St dur­ing a check­point play­ing a chanter, the fin­ger­holed, recorder­like sec­tion of the in­stru­ment for mak­ing a melody.

‘‘The driver didn’t have their hands on the wheel at the time, and he was clearly play­ing the in­stru­ment while driv­ing the car.’’

The act was ‘‘fool­ish to say the least’’, he said.

‘‘We are also con­cerned with the amount of driv­ers us­ing mo­bile phones while driv­ing.

‘‘Nei­ther of these things are a good idea.’’

Dur­ing the hour­long check­point, eight driv­ers were tick­eted for of­fences. Five got warn­ings.

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