State Implements Talking Urinals To Combat Drunk Driving

Posted on June 29, 2012


Michigan (The Gaslamp Post) – Wonder how much they pissed away on this little project…  With this coming 4th of July holiday fast approaching, the state of Michigan is attempting to get a jump on the problem of drinking and driving.  The state has purchased several hundred talking urinal cakes that are being distributed to pubs and eateries, which have audible messages advising users to think twice before getting behind the wheel.

“We’re doing this to draw attention to Fourth of July drunk driving enforcement,” said Michigan State Police spokeswoman, Anne Readette.  “We want people to be safe and make responsible decisions.”

The urinal cakes are distributed by a Maryland company called Wizmark, which boasts the claim that they are the only company in the world that produces interactive urinal products.  These in particular say things like; “Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands,” and “listen up. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many?”

The cakes are expected to last about 3 months and run roughly $21 each.  The logic behind using them is that when a guy uses a urinal, he’s usually either looking down or maybe ahead.  Looking up while intoxicated and using a urinal could result in falling backwards, according to the Detroit News.

Programs where talking urinal cakes have been used are reported to have been successful in other states.

The drunk driving enforcement program is expected to run through July 9 and will cover 26 counties.

(h/t:  Detroit News)