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First holiday stretch passes safely
New Year's weekend next up
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Forsyth County News

Christmas weekend, the first of two consecutive holiday periods to close 2011, came and went with little trouble for local public safety officials.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim House said it was a quiet stretch for law enforcement, with only minor wrecks, many of which appeared to stem from rushed, last-minute shopping.

From Friday to Sunday, the Forsyth County Fire Department responded to 92 calls, which included 60 reports of medical emergencies and five false alarms, said Capt. Jason Shivers.

Shivers added that firefighters also handled one chimney blaze and one vehicle fire, but none involving structures, over the three-day period.

"All in all, it was a great holiday weekend," Shivers said. "Fortunately, there were no significant injuries and no significant structure fires."

Monday night, firefighters were called to a small blaze in a laundry room, he said. The fire, however, did not spread to the rest of the home or cause any significant damage.

Shivers noted the rain that came in Monday night and Tuesday morning also caused few, if any, problems for emergency responders.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, four people were killed in wrecks on roads in Atlanta and Cobb and Washington counties over the holiday weekend, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.

Troopers responded to 280 crashes, which resulted in 169 injuries and one death.

Though Christmas was considered relatively safe, authorities are urging caution over the upcoming 78-hour New Year’s Eve holiday weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends Monday night.

Furthermore, they are asking those who plan to ring in the new year with alcohol to stay home, find a designated driver or call a cab.