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Ex-cricketers to hear from Tas police

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Andrew Drummond

It's been a few years since he's had a call up but Shane Warne can expect to hear from Tasmanian police who are investigating the former cricketer's failure to wear a seatbelt during a recent visit to Hobart.

Australia's former star spinner earlier this week uploaded a four-minute clip to his Facebook page showing a trip through Hobart in which he and former Test batsman Michael Slater aren't wearing seatbelts.

After a couple of minutes the pair realise their mistake and buckle up, but police will still consider prosecution.

"There is an investigation undergoing ... we have a copy of the footage and have our officers looking and reviewing that tape," acting Inspector Ian Mathewson told reporters on Thursday.

The men haven't been contacted, "but I believe they will be at some stage," he added.

Failing to wear a seatbelt carries a fine of $300 and three demerit points for the driver, with separate penalties for passengers, although a warning is most likely for a first offence.

"The real penalty here is death or serious injury," Insp Mathewson said of the poor example set by the high-profile men.

The van was driven by former Australian skipper Mark Taylor, who is wearing a seatbelt, along with front-seat passenger Ian Healy.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen is also in the back of the van and police said they are investigating three passengers.

"It is disappointing for any person or any vehicle occupant not to be wearing a seatbelt and I suppose it is even worse for the fact they are high-profile individuals," Insp Mathewson said.

The men were in Hobart during Australia's devastating Test loss to South Africa and the clip was recorded after day three as the group left Bellerive Oval.

Despite wearing his own seatbelt, Taylor may not be immune from penalty.

"There is a separate offence within our legislation for the driver of a motor vehicle permitting the vehicle occupants to not wear their seatbelts," the senior officer said.

Police will use discretion with the issue of a caution.

"It depends on how easy it will be to contact the individuals, so I can't really put a time frame on it," Insp Mathewson said of the investigation.

At the time of publication the video remained on Warne's Facebook page.

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