Should the City Employ Piss Detectors for Subway Stations?
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The use of subway elevators and stairwells as a personal bathroom is undeniably an issue for cities all over the world. As vile as the public transit system can smell in New York, we can’t even begin to imagine how bad the stench must be during the dead of summer in southern metropolitan areas. Regardless, police everywhere have a hard time cracking down on people pissing in public, but that might all change.
Apparently in Atlanta, public pissing is so out of control that the city recently rolled out a pilot program for catching perps with their pants down. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) installed an evolved sensory system in transit elevators; it involves brighter lighting, cameras, and urine splash sensors that immediately alert police to whoever can’t seem to hold it. Don’t whiz on the electric fence!
One spot badly in need of this surveillance is the Essex Street Garage elevators… when they’re not broken.
How do you think this program would fare in NYC?