Talking urinal cakes play anti drunk driving message in Michigan bathrooms

Statewide effort uses urinal cakes with recorded message to fight drunk driving

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DETROIT - Michigan is hoping to keep drunks off the road with the help from a special bathroom message.

The state said talking urinal-deodorizer cakes have been distributed to Michigan Licensed Beverage Association members in Wayne, Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties.

A recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinals to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely.

The messages are part of a statewide Fourth of July education and enforcement effort.

The federally funded drunken driving crackdown runs through July 8th.

It also includes stepped up patrols in 26 counties involving local police, county deputies and state troopers.

Talking urinal cakes have been used in other states for similar efforts.

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