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Holiday weekend safe so far
Travel period continues till midnight
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Forsyth County News

According to local public safety officials, 2009 came to a safe close.

The New Year’s holiday traffic period began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ends at midnight Sunday.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said New Year’s Eve came and went with few incidents and Friday was “a quiet day, thankfully.”

“To my knowledge there were no serious motor vehicle accidents and no structure fires,” he said.

A spokeswoman for the Forsyth County 911 Center said no major incidents were reported.  

The Georgia State Patrol reported five fatal wrecks through Friday afternoon, none of which were in Forsyth County, as well as 600 crashes and 125 injuries.

The fatality closest to Forsyth occurred near Cartersville. There were also fatal wrecks in the northeast Georgia counties of Elbert and Madison.

A spokeswoman for the patrol’s Cumming post, which covers Forsyth, Lumpkin and Dawson counties, said troopers had handled seven wrecks by midnight Thursday. As of Friday afternoon, at least two more wrecks had been reported.

The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has predicted 2,330 crashes resulting in 1,004 injuries and 16 deaths over the 78-hour holiday period.

Last year's 102-hour holiday period resulted in 22 deaths and 1,222 injuries in 2,998 wrecks statewide.

The state’s "super speeder" law also kicked in Friday, resulting in additional fines of $200 for motorists cited for traveling faster than 75 mph on rural, two-lane roads and exceeding 85 mph on any major road.