Michigan's New DUI Weapon: Talking Urinal Cakes
Some sing and light up too, in effort to combat drunk driving
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2012 1:13 PM CDT
"That's right, I'm talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many? Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands."   (Office of Highway Safety Planning)

(Newser) – Michigan is trying a novel technique for cutting down on drunk driving: filling bathrooms with responsible talking urinal cakes, formally known as Interactive Urinal Communicators. Step up to a urinal equipped with one of these, erm, ingenious devices, and it will utter the following message: "Listen up. … Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many? Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don't forget to wash your hands." Some will also sing and light up.

Four hundred of the devices will be sent to 200 restaurants and bars ahead of July 4, so they'll be in place for Independence Day celebrations, the Detroit News reports. The Office of Highway Safety Planning notes that the bathroom is often the last place men stop before leaving the bar. "Please," quips Tom Greenwood of the News, "resist the urge to envision a cake screaming: 'I'm melting, I'm melting.'"