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More accidents, DUIs this Thanksgiving than last in Forsyth County

FORSYTH COUNTY — No fatalities were recorded, but deputies handled more motor vehicle accidents and made more arrests for driving under the influence over the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday weekend than last year, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s reports.

Between 12 a.m. Thursday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office responded to 44 crashes — six of which involved injuries — and made seven DUI arrests, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the agency.

One crash involved a person who was struck while on a bicycle by a vehicle at Buford Dam and Lanier Beach South roads.

The crashes that resulted in at least one injury occurred at 1:06 a.m. and 3:02 p.m. Thursday; at 8:31 a.m. and 10:47 a.m. Friday; and at 9:04 a.m. and 5:16 p.m. Saturday, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robin Regan.

Though an exact number was not available, there were fewer accidents “in general” during the same time frame last Thanksgiving.

There were 19 accidents last year, Regan said.

Though the number of responses was higher for the sheriff’s office this year, the Forsyth County Fire Department experienced a quiet and safe weekend.

According to Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers, there were no reports of kitchen fires or blazes related to turkey fryers.