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Colorado toilets part of anti-DUI effort?

Drivers expect that Colorado police will be on the lookout for signs of drunk driving. They expect to see advertisements and notifications on TV or billboards about DWI laws. But now there is a new source of the drunk driving reminder.

Colorado men who frequent local bars might face an odd surprise when they take a trip to the restroom. As part of DUI-prevention strategies, the Colorado Department of Transportation is using urinals as means of speaking out against drinking and driving.


CDOT is using a tool called the Interactive Urinal Communicator to try to convince bar patrons not to drive home once they have had their share. Why let someone go to the bathroom in peace when they could receive a safety reminder?

This unique (and some might say weird) anti-DWI tactic suggests how desperate Colorado law enforcement is to crack down on drunk driving. The Heat is On Campaign is in progress, which increases police presence and the overall risk that drivers will be investigated for DWI.

At least one establishment that had the device in its men's bathroom reports that some patrons disliked the urinal addition and complained. How would you feel if you were going to the bathroom and then bombarded by a voice telling you not to drive home?

There's nothing wrong with trying to prevent drunk driving, unless that prevention threatens the rights of drivers. Any driver who feels that police wrongly investigated or arrested him for suspicion of DUI should consult a criminal defense lawyer who can help mitigate the severity of the case.

Source: 9 News, "CDOT using talking urinal cakes in drunk driving campaign," Robert Garrison, Aug. 26, 2013

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