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Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:07am

State To Fans: Drink Responsibly

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.