Drunk Drivers in Canada Forced to Listen to Nickelback as Punishment

Chad Kroeger Nickelback
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Police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada are warning holiday revelers about making spirits too bright. Alcoholic spirits, that is.

Drunk drivers will not only face the usual charges, they will also be forced to listen to Nickleback on the way to jail.

The Kensington Police Service posted the ominous warning on its Facebook page over the weekend.

“Now, with that being said, 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. And 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 offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail,” the post read.

It continued: “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 warning was accompanied with a photo of a cassette — yes cassette — of Nickelback’s 2001 album “Silver Side Up.”

As maligned as the Canadian rockers are (even in their own country), they were one of the top-selling acts of the early 2000s. “Silver Side Up” went platinum six times in the United States (and eight times north of the border), featuring songs like “How Your Remind Me” and “Never Again.”

Frontman Kroeger made headlines a few years ago by dating, and then splitting from, fellow Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne.

The Kensington Police’s message seemed to be loud and clear. Responses on their Facebook post ranged from “I believe this is considered torture under the Geneva Convention treaties” to “I’d rather be waterboarded.”

Other police departments have similar punishments for DUIs. The Wyoming, Minnesota police will play One Direction instead of Nickelback.