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Canada resorts to cruel and unusual punishment to deter drunk driving

Music group Nickelback, from left, Ryan Peake, Daniel Adair, Chad Kroeger and Mike Kroeger are photographed at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Sept. 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Drunk driving is a serious crime that has hurt many people and destroyed many lives. But when people are caught driving under the influence, how far is too far when it comes to punishments?

Canada is pushing the line in its latest threat to those caught driving while intoxicated, and some may say they're not just pushing the line, they're vaulting right over it into cruel and unusual territory.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Kensington police are saying that in addition to all the punishments that come with such a foolish action, your backseat ride to jail will also include a listening to Nickelback's 2001 album "Silver Side Up."


"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," reads the post, alongside a photo of Nickelback's 2001 album Silver Side Up.

"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."

Hartlen admits he doesn't actually own a copy of the album, but he's not afraid to find one and force it down your ears.

"I would have no problems 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," he said.

The humorous threat was originally made in a Facebook post on the Kensington Police Service page, but seems to have since been deleted.

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