No, you’re not hearing things in the men’s bathroom. Something is speaking to you, reminding you that if you’re sauced in the state of Michigan, you should definitely call a cab or a friend instead of taking to the road. Some counties in the state are trying use talking urinal-deodorizer cakes to keep drunk drivers off the road.
The state has distributed talking cakes to the members of Michigan Licensed Beverage Association in four counties. A recorded message plays when men step up to the urinal, issuing the friendly reminder to get home safetly.
It’s all part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort, that will kick off at a Detroit pub on Monday. A federally funded drunken driving crackdown will be running through July 8 in the state, which includes stepping up patrols in 26 counties.
And while this isn’t the first time talking urinal cakes have been used in the country for similar reasons, according to the Associated Press, it’s sure as heck the first time we’ve heard of such a thing. Drive safely, everyone, lest those cake orations be in vain.