SAN ANTONIO -

Many people think they can handle getting behind the wheel after a few drinks.

College students are especially prone to thinking they can get away with drinking and driving, said Texas Department of Transportation spokeswoman Robbi Smith

"They think they're invincible, nothing can happen to them, but you know what? This can happen to anybody at any particular given time. Day or night," said Smith.

So to make them aware of what could happen if they get caught driving while impaired, TxDOT set up a mobile booking station -- complete with a jail cell, orange jump suits, mug shots, and an outline of the cost and fines associated with a drunk driving arrest -- on both the main and downtown campuses of the University of Texas-San Antonio.

"Law enforcement is going to be out there in full force this weekend, so we want you to be mindful that they are out there and if you get caught, this can be a consequence," said Smith.

There is nothing great about the experience of being arrested, Smith said, but there was definitely one feature the students did not like.

"That toilet sink (in the jail cell) looked very uncomfortable and it's very uncomfortable in there," said Jacqueline Vu, a UTSA junior from Houston majoring in interior design.

The exhibit appeared to be an effective deterrent.

"It is smart just to call a cab (or) call a friend. Its just not a wise thing to do," Vu said after going through her own mock arrest and detainment at the exhibit.

Images: TxDOT drunken driving mobile booking station

Published On: Aug 29 2013 05:37:47 PM CDT

To make college students aware of what could happen if they get caught driving while impaired, TxDOT set up a mobile booking station -- complete with a jail cell, orange jump suits and mug shots.

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