As the Atlanta Falcons compete Sunday for the coveted opportunity to compete in the Super Bowl, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety wants to keep fans from getting sacked by DUI.The Atlanta Falcons face off against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Conference Championship Sunday. Kickoff at the Georgia Dome is at 3pm.
The winner will advance to the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in conjunction with its partners statewide, is taking steps to ensure fans know the importance of finding a sober driver after hours of tailgating or cheering the team on at their favorite sports bars.
“We know that the excitement of the NFC championship, combined with the timing of the game, could increase the potential for tragedy involving impaired drivers Sunday,” GOHS Director Harris Blackwood said. “We want to do whatever we can to change the minds of people who might get behind the wheel otherwise.”
Working with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, highway safety officials are posting signs at the entrances of each of the Georgia Dome parking lots reminding tailgaters that a DUI arrest could cost them as much as $10,000.
The signs also encourage fans to be responsible for each other’s safety on the roads, using the national highway safety message, “Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.”
The message will also be distributed in sports bars, restaurants and on college campuses statewide to remind fans across Georgia that partying without a designated driver is like going into a huddle without a quarterback.
“Sunday’s game could be very memorable for Falcons fans all over Georgia,” Blackwood said. “Don’t let your NFC Championship memory involve a DUI-induced jail visit.”