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2012 off to a safe start
Weekend quiet for authorities
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Forsyth County News

The new year got off to a less eventful start for local public safety officials than their counterparts in other areas of the state.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department handled 66 calls Saturday and Sunday, the majority of which were for medical emergencies.

"It was a very safe, quiet holiday weekend for us," Shivers said.

The fire department also responded to two brush fires, a blaze in a trash bin and one authorized controlled burn, among other calls.

The New Year’s weekend was the second consecutive holiday stretch, coming on the heels of the Christmas holiday weekend.

Though statistics were not immediately available, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said the New Year’s period was relatively quiet for law enforcement.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday, there were fatal crashes statewide.

The Georgia State Patrol reported that it investigated 255 wrecks that resulted in 132 injuries and six deaths.

The remaining seven deaths were handled by other agencies including the Atlanta and DeKalb County police departments and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.