New Mexico and drunken-driving prevention: a piece of cake?

| 2/16/2007

The state of New Mexico has come up with an off-the-wall – and in-the-toilet – plan to combat drunk driving.

Officials with the state’s Department of Transportation have purchased more than $10,000 worth of hockey puck-shaped “urinal cakes,” better known as the deodorizers that go in the base of a urinal.

There’s a twist, though – these urinal cakes have microprocessors that sense motion. And when there’s motion, the cake audibly delivers an anti-drunken-driving message, urging the visitor to the men’s room to consider a cab if they’ve had too much to drink.

Whoever came up with the message for the talking cakes apparently has a sense of humor. When triggered, the devices will say, “Don’t drink and drive. Remember, your future is in your hand.”