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A rude surprise but a clever reminder
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Every so often a guy will wander into the bar bathroom to relieve himself and be confronted by a public service announcement about drinking and driving. He probably ignores it, especially if he's had a few beers, and leaves.

Michigan Police and a company called Wizmark industries (yes, there's a pun there) are teaming up to make sure this never happens again and ensure that when men are faced with bathroom PSAs, they listen. Their method? A talking urinal.

According to The Detroit News, 400 talking urinal cakes had been delivered to about 200 establishments just in time for the Fourth of July. And while the prospect of a urinal cake cracking wise and offering safety advice might not seem all that sobering for potential drunk drivers, police are hoping it helps cut down on the thousands of alcohol-related driving deaths the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tallies each year.

What does the cake itself have to say?

"Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many?" it asks unwitting bathroom patrons. "Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands."

While washing your hands is certainly advisable at both bars and the home, so is not driving drunk. So how can us regular folk take this idea and run with it at our own July 4th parties?

Since the beer and wine will be flowing, you might want to make sure no one makes any unfortunate decisions under your watch. When hosting a party, consider leaving a note across from the toilet or on the bathroom vanity reminding your guests that in a pinch they've got a free ride home and are welcome to stay as long as they like.

"We want people to be safe and make responsible decisions," Anne Readette, Michigan's Office of Highway Safety Planning spokeswoman told the source.

It's not a bad idea. With beautiful weather and plenty of parties to get to, now may be the best time to make sure you and your friends are safe!



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