Police threaten drunk drivers with Nickelback

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Consider yourself warned, Canadians: Drinking and driving could bring cruel and unusual punishment in the form of being forced to listen to a 15-year-old Nickelback album.

The Kensington Police Service is warning those “dumb enough to think they can drink and drive” that on top of hefty fines, criminal charges and a yearlong driver’s license suspension, offenders can also expect to hear Nickelback’s 2001 album “Silver Side Up” in the police cruiser on the way to jail.

“Now, now, no need to thank us, we figure if you are foolish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking then a little Chad Kroeger and the boys is the perfect gift for you,” the department posted on its Facebook page on Saturday. “So please, let’s not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback. You don’t drink and drive and we won’t make you listen to it.”

The post, which has been shared more than 1,200 times, suggests that holiday drinkers take other steps to avoid the possibility of forced Nickelback listening, including finding a designated driver ahead of time, taking a cab, or spending the night at a friend’s house.

Const. Robb Hartlen, who authored the post, told CBC that the department was merely trying to inject a “little humor” into a very serious topic.

“What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humor,” Harten said.

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