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Holiday weekend quiet
Few incidents on roads, water
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Shawn Dollar paddles around the waters of the Chattahoochee River just below Buford Dam. - photo by Emily Saunders

It appears holiday revelers celebrated the unofficial final weekend of summer with few incidents in Forsyth County.

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.

Karleen Chalker, spokeswoman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, said traffic checkpoints throughout the county turned up numerous driver’s license violations and citations for driving without seatbelts.

“It was pretty much a typical weekend for (driving under the influence) arrests, nothing out of the ordinary,” she said.

Chalker said the department helped Gwinnett County rescue a woman who had attempted to swim across Lake Lanier.

She was found and pulled from the water safely, Chalker said.

Chalker said the sheriff’s bicycle unit patrolled the Big Creek Greenway, the first two phases of which opened last week.

“It was pretty busy out there and of course we had our mounted patrol on the parks,” she said.

The Georgia State Patrol reported that nine peopled died and 614 were injured in 2,231 crashes over the holiday period.

Two of the fatalities were reported by the state patrol's Gainesville post.

Cobb County Police and posts in Conyers, Jasper, Marietta, Milledgeville, Thomson and Waycross each reported one traffic death.