Archive for June, 2012

Michigan officials fight drunk driving with talking urinal cakes | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

June 29th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Michigan officials fight drunk driving with talking urinal cakes | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com

via Michigan officials fight drunk driving with talking urinal cakes | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com.

Talk about your captive audiences!

In an effort to cut down on drunken driving, the state is distributing the totally awesome named Interactive Urinal Communicators to some bars, restaurants and other drinkaterias in Wayne, Bay, Ottawa and Delta counties.

Yup, talking urinal cakes.

Four hundred of the cakes will be distributed to 200 eateries prior to July Fourth, said Anne Readette, spokeswoman for the Office of Highway Safety Planning, a division of the Michigan State Police.

“We’re doing this to draw attention to Fourth of July drunk driving enforcement,” Readette said.

“We want people to be safe and make responsible decisions.”

No joke: The company behind the product is Wizmark, a Crownsville, Md., outfit that bills itself as the only company in the world to produce interactive urinal cakes. Some sing and flash lights.

(Please resist the urge to envision a cake screaming: “I’m melting, I’m melting.”)

Actually the cakes offer a message that is short, sweet and entirely nonjudgmental: “Listen up. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many?

“Then do yourself and everyone else a favor: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands.”

In a way the cakes, which are activate by motion and not moisture, are a brilliant move due to “Guy Rules,” the unwritten but unalterable codes that guide men’s social behavior for every event in life.

Really, really high on the list is that dudes never, ever look or talk to the guy on either side of the urinal.

Guys are limited to looking down or staring straight ahead (never up, if you’re really hammered you might fall over backward, which would break another important GR.)

The state also took into account that the last stop most guys make before leaving a bar is to the men’s room.

The cakes run about $21 each, last for about three months (man, that is a lot of rain) with the tab picked up by federal traffic safety funds.

First prediction: Somebody, somewhere will inevitably reach in and (ewwww) steal one of the cakes.

Second prediction: You won’t find this in any “Pure Michigan” advertisement.

tgreenwood@detnews.com

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120629/OPINION03/206290341#ixzz1zDZhZCyI

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Driver Thinks He is in Arlington Heights, Maybe – St. Charles, IL Patch

June 28th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Driver Thinks He is in Arlington Heights, Maybe – St. Charles, IL Patch

St. Charles police say a West Chicago man who they later charged with a DUI was so confused, he did not what town he was in.

 

Officers responded to calls of a red automobile erratically driving on Main Street sometime after 11 p.m. June 16. As officers were responding to the calls, another call came through about a three-car crash, which included a vehicle similar to the one described in the earlier calls.

 

Officers arrived at the crash site and saw that a red vehicle rear-ended the back end of a car, which caused that car to slam into another one. The driver of the red vehicle, later identified as Christopher Stefanczyk of West Chicago, was slumped over his steering wheel and unresponsive to raps on the window, police said.

 

Officers had to break out a window in order to unlock the driver’s door, according to reports. When officers pulled the driver from the car they detected an odor of alcohol on his breath and reported slurred responses to questions, the report said.

 

The other drivers were not injured, according to police.

 

Stefanczyk told police he was coming from Rolling Meadows after “playing a gig.” Officers asked Stefanczyk if he knew where he was and he responded that he was in Arlington Heights. He was asked the same question again and gave the same response, followed by a comment of not knowing why officers were making a big deal about what town he was in.

 

Police sid Stefanczyk kept falling asleep while they questioned him at the scene. He was taken to the police station because he could not physically stand for field sobriety tests. At the police station he asked officers if he was in St. Charles and after being told yes, Stefanczyk wanted to know why they brought him there all the way from Bloomingdale, according to the report.

 

Stefanczyk was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid accident and improper lane usage.

via Driver Thinks He is in Arlington Heights, Maybe – St. Charles, IL Patch.

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DUI Checkpoints Planned for July 3-4 in Kane County – St. Charles, IL Patch

June 28th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

DUI Checkpoints Planned for July 3-4 in Kane County – St. Charles, IL Patch

via DUI Checkpoints Planned for July 3-4 in Kane County – St. Charles, IL Patch.

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