Canadian police couldn’t have come up with a more cruel and unusual punishment for drunk drivers.
In a Facebook post this month, the police in Kensington, a town on Prince Edward Island, cautioned holiday drinkers who had too much to drink to take a taxi, ask someone lucid to drive them or spend the night at a friend’s house.
Those who refused to do so would be subjected to a full dose of Nickelback’s 2001 album “Silver Side Up” during the drive to prison.
“Know that the Kensington Police Service will be out for the remainder of year looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive,” the service announced via Facebook. “And when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year’s driving suspension, we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the office’s copy of Nickelback in the 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 police department added.
Constable Robb Hartlen, who wrote the post, told CBC he believes injecting some humor into a serious subject actually helps spark conversation which might eventually lead to a lessened number of criminal behaviors.
Hartlen also said he selected the band because its lead singer Chad Kroeger was convicted of the offense in British Columbia in 2008. He also admitted they don’t exactly have a copy of the band’s album at hand but if that what it takes to deter drunk driving, they won’t hesitate to stockpile their squad cars to do so.
“I would have no problem at all getting hold of a copy of Nickelback and making that the musical play-along on the way in to chat with someone who’s been caught for drinking and driving,” said Hartlen, who admits liking some of their music, but is not sorry for making the rock band the butt of the joke.
“Poor Nickelback,” he said. “They take the brunt of a nation’s joke, and I’m sure they’re crying all the way to the bank.”