Fri., January 18, 2013 2:07pm (EST)

State To Fans: Drink Responsibly
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
State officials are reminding football fans to be responsible about drinking as the Atlanta Falcons compete in the NFL playoffs Sunday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is encouraging people to designate a sober driver if they plan to tailgate or cheer the team on at a bar. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelhyper/6417176923/>Julie Nova via Flickr</a>.)
State officials are reminding football fans to be responsible about drinking as the Atlanta Falcons compete in the NFL playoffs Sunday. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is encouraging people to designate a sober driver if they plan to tailgate or cheer the team on at a bar. (Photo Courtesy of Julie Nova via Flickr.)
State officials are distributing signs to sports bars, restaurants and college campuses throughout Georgia reminding football fans not to drink and drive this weekend.

They are worried about fans headed home from tailgating, sports bars or friends’ houses after the Falcons play in the NFC Championship Game Sunday for a trip to the Super Bowl.

It’s the first time the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has put out thousands of posters in an effort like this, said director Harris Blackwood.

“Traditionally, Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for DUI,” he said. “We have no reason to believe that this NFC Championship will be any different.”

The Falcons play the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 3 p.m. Blackwood said that gives people more time to drink and makes designating a driver even more important.

Highway safety officials also plan to post signs at the entrances of the Georgia Dome parking lots to remind fans that a DUI arrest could carry a fine of up to $10,000.