FORSYTH COUNTY -- Memorial Day weekend is often associated with patriotism, water and the official beginning of summer, but local officials also associate it with heavy traffic on roads, lakes and paths on which they want residents to take extra caution.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will have additional patrols and resources along roadways, Lake Lanier and Big Creek Greenway through Monday for the long holiday weekend, Forsyth County Sher-iff’s Cpl. Robin Regan said.
The weather is expected to be sunny and in the upper 80s throughout the weekend.
While they want people to have fun and honor the holiday, Regan said the sheriff’s office also wants people to be safe.
“Teams will be working on marine patrol, we will have additional patrols in parks and our bicycle units will be on the Greenway,” he said, “and our traffic unit will be out in force, too, with the goal of keep-ing our roadways safe and ensuring the safety of our citizens.”
He said people often surge to the lake and parks on Memorial Day, being the first summer holiday.
Memorial Day often results in increased arrests for driving under the influence. One way to curb that statistic is to ensure each group has a designated driver, finds a cab or another transportation option or stays at a friend’s house or where they are drinking.
Regan said the best safety tip is to avoid drinking and any form of driving.
“Alcohol use does not mix well with getting behind the wheel of a car or boat,” he said.
Regan said if taking a day on the lake, life jackets must be on board and used when appropriate.
Proper lights, registration and fire extinguishers should also be checked to help ensure safety.
Swimmers at the lake should stay in designated swimming areas with a life jacket.
When driving to and from holiday festivities, seal belts must be worn.
Along the same lines, anyone traveling on the Greenway or any other bike path is encouraged to wear a helmet.