Prince Edward Island police force threatens to play Nickelback to drunk drivers

KENSINGTON, P.E.I. _ A Prince Edward Island police department is threatening to impose the Nickelback treatment on anyone who drinks and drives.

The Kensington Police Service shared a social media post over the weekend promising to force any drunk drivers it arrests to listen to the Alberta band while in the back seat of a cruiser.

“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,” Const. Robb Hartlen says on Facebook, alongside a photo of the band’s breakthrough album, Silver Side Up, in what appears to be cassette form.

“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 post created two kinds of controversy among commenters: Those offended the police service was making a joke about drunk driving, and Nickelback fans annoyed the band was the butt of the joke.

The force said the jokes were being made in service of something it takes very seriously, and also insisted: “We actually like them too … We are just having a little bit of fun.”

The band has been a huge commercial success, with multiple Juno wins, but is also gleefully maligned by some detractors.

It has been the subject of spiteful petitions and protests; a Chicago mayor was once pressured into clarifying he wasn’t a fan.

Kroeger told The Canadian Press in a 2014 interview that the critics have actually done the band a favour by heightening the public discussion about the group.


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VIDEO – Rethink Speed

movie_symbolQuoted from the YouTube video page: Our speed is one of the few things we control on the roads. While speed doesn’t always cause crashes, it always determines the severity of a crash. This is because the speed we travel at creates a force and it’s our vehicle and our bodies that absorb this force in a crash. This means the faster we choose to travel, the more severe a crash will be (whether the crash is our fault or not).


As much as we like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. The human body can only withstand certain amounts of force in a car crash. In fact, the impact forces of a car travelling at 30km/hr are enough to be fatal for a pedestrian that is hit, or for a driver in a side-on collision with a tree.

ICBC drops insurance for luxury cars to fight off massive rate hikes

By Rob Shaw | The Vancouver Sun

VICTORIA – The Insurance Corporation of BC has outlined possible steep rate hikes for basic auto insurance, compounding to more than 42 per cent, are possible in the next five years if it can’t cut costs and claims.

The disclosure prompted the government to announce Wednesday it would no longer insure high-end luxury vehicles, to reduce the number of costly repairs and relieve pressure on basic rates for ordinary car owners.

ICBC said it could hypothetically have to raise rates 6.4 per cent in 2017, 7.9 per cent in 2018, 9.4 per cent in 2019 and 7.9 per cent in 2020 — all rates that exceed a 4.9 per cent cap that Premier Christy Clark has urged the Crown corporation to hold.

That’s in addition to a 4.9 per cent rate increase for basic auto insurance the corporation wants this year. Transportation Minister Todd Stone called the hypotheticals an “extreme worst case hypothetical situation.”

“I want to reassure the public that these are extreme projections that do not consider the actions the BC government and ICBC are taking to reduce the pressure on rates,” he said.

“We are not going to allow a scenario that would provide for that level of basic rate increases to actually happen here in British Columbia.”

Stone said one of the first steps will be that ICBC will refuse to insure luxury high-end vehicles worth more than $150,000, because costly repairs to those vehicles are driving up basic rates.

Legislation will be passed forcing those car owners to get private insurance, Stone said. Until then, as an interim measure, luxury car owners will have to pay double their ordinary basic insurance and ensure their premiums will fully cover the cost of any repairs.

The average repair bill for a high-end luxury car is $13,000, compared to $2,500 for a typical vehicle, he said. Such cars include Aston Martins, Bentleys, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.

Stone said the luxury vehicles are six times more costly to fix in a crash than ordinary vehicles, and 30 per cent more high-end cars are on the road in the past three years. Greater Vancouver has one of the largest concentrations of high-end luxury cars in North America.

The insurance changes only apply to private passenger cars, not commercial trucks, pick-up trucks, collector cars, limousines or motorhomes.

More changes are coming in future weeks and months to keep rates down, said Stone.


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