Olly Wehring

Goodness! You made me jump.

By: Olly Wehring - 24 May 2006 13:29

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Anti drink-driving campaigners are upping the ante in the US. And this time, they’re following you all the way to the toilet…

“The men’s room offers one relatively untouched ad vehicle that just about everyone who enters it faces: the urinal,” a press release on my desk reads. Is anyone else slightly scared?

In Nassau County in New York, the police department has installed ‘Wizmark Interactive Urinal Communicators’ within the urinal and above the drain.

“The device automatically recognises the presence of a ‘visitor,’” it says here, “and after a brief delay - allowing the viewer to get properly positioned - proceeds to emit a very audible pre-recorded 15 second message stating: ‘Hey you. Yea You, having a few drinks? Then listen up! Think you had one too many? Then it’s time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home. It sure is safer and a hell of a lot cheaper than a DWI. Make the smart choice tonight, don’t drink and drive.’”

Looks like the ‘visitor’ is standing in the right place before an invisible stranger shouts “Hey you.”

Comments on this blog post

I can recall advertisements positioned above urinals at the National Exhibition Centre at least a decade ago... Apart from the technology, what's new?

 

Colin Appleby, United Kingdom

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