If you were ever on a drunken night out and decided to urinate in an elevator, well you may wake up to a hefty fine in the mail. Now numerous cities are taking a stance against public indecency and installing urine detectors in their elevators. This means the number of places where you can pee in public is going down rapidly.
These urine detection devices or UDDs for short, are being installed all over public elevators such as car parks and subways. And these sorts of systems allow the police to act tough on enforcing public indecency laws. Cities such as Atlanta and Singapore have been using these devices for years, but now we are seeing major cities worldwide following their footsteps.
And this means that soon you may find elevators no longer have that urine stink in them and you can safely ride public elevators without having to throw away your shoes afterward. Still, it does mean that people who have been relieving themselves in elevators may be finding a hefty fine in the mail. And this is only a positive thing, after all, they have committed a crime.
Residents in Atlanta have championed their UDDs systems for years, advising that it was a terrible experience having to ride the elevators whenever you decided to take the subway. Many residents had complained that before the installation of this system you had to hold your breath when entering an elevator.
These detectors do not come cheap though, with a full city setup looking at putting the local government back a good $1,000,000 USD. Once a sensor picks up on a splash of urine, the alarm will go off and this will trigger an automatic police intervention. As the police will come and arrest the perpetrator and since there is also a closed circuit camera that records everything going on – anyone caught is surely to be charged.
Singapore which has strict laws against public urination has had this system in place since the 90s with extremely positive results, which appears to be why now the world is catching up.