Canadian police department to use Nickelback album to deter drunk drivers

This is patently cruel and unusual punishment.

A small town Canadian police force recently announced a new punishment for drunk drivers; making them listen to Nickelback.

According to the Journal Pioneer, the police department of Kensington, Prince Edward Island, posted a picture of a brand new copy of Nickelback's Silver Side Up album to their Facebook page on Saturday, November 26.

"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," read the caption that went along with the photo. "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 light-hearted message was meant to highlight the serious problem of rising DUI rates during holidays and to remind revelers to take it easy on the egg nog over the coming weeks.

"To save any problems at the end of the night, know ahead of time who is the designated driver. Write down the number to a cab company or plan to stay over at friends'. Anything and everything you can do to eliminate the chances of drinking and driving," continued the post.

Impaired driving rates tend to spike during holiday seasons, and especially during the end-of-year celebrations surrounding Christmas and New Years. Guardian Interlock states that DUI-related traffic stops increase as much as 33 percent on Christmas Eve and 42 percent on New Years Eve.

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