Canadian Town Will Punish Drunk Drivers by Making Them Listen to Nickelback

A town in Canada has hit upon a musical way to prevent drunk driving incidents over the holiday season.The Kensington Police on Prince Edward Island have come up with a unique form of cracking down on drunk driving — by promising to make inebriated drivers listen to oft-maligned Canadian rock band Nickelback on the ride to jail.

In a Facebook post published last Saturday, the police cautioned residents from allowing holiday parties to impair their judgment, telling drunk drivers that “when we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a years 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.”

“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 said in a Facebook post.

“What we were trying to do is put a little humour into a very serious matter of drinking and driving,” Const. Robb Hartlen, the author of the post told the CBC. “What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humour… Poor Nickelback. They take the brunt of a nation’s joke, and I’m sure they’re crying all the way to the bank,” added Hartlen, an admitted fan of a few of Chad and the gang’s songs.

Soon enough, the Kensington Police will have even more Nickleback material to work with — the band revealed on Tuesday (Nov. 29) that they are back in the studio working on the follow-up to 2014’s No Fixed Address.