Virtual Photo Booth Shows DWI Drivers Behind Bars

Virtual Photo Booth Shows DWI Drivers Behind Bars
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 4:57pm

EL PASO — Potential drunk drivers will get a chance to see how they look behind bars in a virtual photo booth.

TXDOT is pushing efforts to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads by executing a unique campaign in various universities and military bases around Texas. They hope to encourage Texans to plan ahead for the weekend by getting a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober).

The campaign this year features a photo booth truck offering visitors the opportunity to have their picture taken with props and backdrops that would be posted to Facebook. The props and backdrops allow visitors to pose as various weekend characters, such as “the partier,” “the sober driver,” and “the drunk driver in jail.” While trying on the different personas, visitors will watch a short video aimed at discouraging drunk driving.

TXDOT said they see impaired driving on weekends as a very serious problem that too often leads to alcohol-related crashes and fatalities.The truck will be available at colleges and military bases.

“Most young adults go to great lengths to plan their weekend activities. This campaign encourages them to include a P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober) as part of their weekend plans,” said Carol T. Rawson, P.E., TxDOT’s Traffic Operations Division Director. “Too often, people choose the ‘least drunk’ person in their group to drive. But, the best plan is one that includes a sober driver, a person that has had nothing to drink.”

The campaign will be held the following days:

March 8 (Thursday)

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
University of Texas at El Paso
Parking Lot (IC-10-)
500 W. University Ave. @ Hawthorne St.

March 9 (Friday)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fort Bliss
Freedom Crossing @ Fort Bliss Mall
1611 Haan Rd.

TxDOT will share photos and information about this campaign on Facebook at  

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