Home Brew drink-drive vid slammed

ANTONIO BRADLEY AND LUKE APPLEBY
Last updated 09:11 04/05/2011
CONDEMNED: A Home Brew Crew hip-hop group member, far right, drinks beer with two other men in a video on YouTube.

CONDEMNED: A Home Brew Crew hip-hop group member, far right, drinks beer with two other men in a video on YouTube.

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An online video that pokes fun at drink-driving and offers offenders advice on evading arrest has been condemned by police.

The video, which was uploaded to YouTube last week, follows three young men linked to Auckland hip-hop band Home Brew Crew as they drink from bottles and toast each other while travelling to the city's Avondale suburb.

It had received more than 2300 views yesterday, but the band says it should not be taken seriously.

"Of course it's a piss-take ... [only] a moron would take that video seriously," an unidentified spokesman said.

In the video, the men advise avoiding police checkpoints on Auckland's northern motorway by using Karangahape Rd and advise against using main roads elsewhere.

"We're gonna help all you drink-drivers out there avoid the cop stops and avoid getting arrested by showing some simple steps of how to sober up," the narrator says in the video.

One of the passengers, identified only as Jono, tries to sober up by eating a chocolate slab, a burger, a whole pack of chewing gum, a cigarette and also coughs on a 50-cent coin.

"Jono has drunk at least 12 beers in the last two hours ... so we're gonna try sober him up," says the narrator, who is a member of Home Brew Crew.

However, all three men, including the driver, are shown with beer bottles throughout the trip. "It's always important to let the guy with the least DIC [drunk in charge] do the driving," one of the men says.

Acting national road policing manager Inspector Peter McKennie said that police would look closely at the video to consider if action could be taken.

"There's nothing clever or funny about glorifying behaviour which puts yourself and other road users at risk.

"These individuals need to think carefully about what they have done and the message it sends to all families who have lost loved ones through the actions of a drink-driver."The video was timed to promote a video release party for the Home Brew Crew at the Hollywood Cinemas in Avondale on Thursday night.

The band was shortlisted for the 2010 New Zealand Music Awards Critics Choice Prize and was included in the Big Day Out lineup this year.

The men also poked fun at the police's anti-drink-driving advertisements, and drove along tram lines during the video.

We have not posted a link to the video because it contains bad language.

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