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Juno Nominees Nickelback pose with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as they arrive on the red carpet for the 2016 Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, CanadaREUTERS/Chris Bolin

Police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, are threatening drunk drivers with a new form of punishment: being trapped in a cruiser playing a 15-year-old Nickelback album.

A post on the Kensington Police Service's Facebook page encourages people to plan to use a designated driver or cabs when going out, and reminds them Kensington police will be out "looking for those dumb enough to feel they can drink and drive".

"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."

"What we were trying to do is put a little humour into a very serious matter of drinking and driving," Cst. Robb Hartlen, who authored the post, told CBC News. "What it does is it sparks that conversation, it pushes that idea that everybody knows with a little bit of humour.

"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."

One Nickelback supporter said it's "not fair to bash a Canadian band." Others suggested police should target Kanye West or Justin Bieber. "Jealous of their success?" one person asked.

Police addressed many critics' comments with friendly humour.

"We get to do things a bit outside the box," they wrote in one comment. In another, they acknowledged a woman who called their post offensive. "We are hoping that the tongue in cheek feeling of this post was evident but we apologize if it was not. At no time do we actually feel that Nickelback or any band should be used as a punishment."

According to CTV News, it's not the first time law enforcement has mocked Nickelback. Police in Australia issued a tongue-in-cheek statement about Nickelback in May, saying they were wanted for "crimes against music."

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