Police in Canada have threatened holiday drunk drivers by threatening those who do so to listen to NICKELBACK while locked in the back of a squad car.

The Kensington Police Service recently shared a photo of NICKELBACK’s “Silver Side Up” album alongside a message encouraging people to plan to use a designated driver or cabs when going out, and reminding them police will be out “looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive.”

It reads: “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.”

“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.”

“What we were trying to do is put a little humour into a very serious matter of drinking and driving,” said Const. Robb Hartlen, who authored the post. “What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humor.

“Poor NICKELBACK. They take the brunt of a nation’s joke, and I’m sure they’re crying all the way to the bank,” he said, admitting he does like a few of the band’s songs.

Hartlen added that the police didn’t actually own the album in question and he admitted using a photo he found through Google. But he wanted everyone to take the post seriously.

“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.