A police precinct in the Canadian Maritimes plans to punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback in the cop car on the way to the station.

The Kensington Police Service may serve a small community of just 2,000 Prince Edward Islanders but this week made a huge social media splash by announcing the new cruel and unusual torture it’ll begin inflicting on those caught driving under the influence.

“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,” wrote Constable Robb Hartlen on the force’s Facebook page.

Hartlen told VICE he actually likes Nickelback, and that the post was just a way to have some fun and show that police, too, can have a sense of humour; it was not meant to undermine the seriousness of drunk driving, he says.

According to Statistics Canada, PEI actually has one of the highest rates of impaired driving among Canada’s provinces. It’s uncertain whether this new measure will help lower that rate.

(Kensington Police Facebook via VICE)


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