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Incidents on lake rise over long weekend
Accidents on Forsyth County roads lower than previous year
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It was a fairly quiet holiday weekend in Forsyth County, though it was a little noisier on Lake Lanier.

Over the Independence Day weekend, the number of accidents and driving under the influence were lower than previous years on land, while they were higher on Lake Lanier.

Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s office, said there were 45 accidents and 12 driving under the influence arrests over the weekend.

“The DUIs are probably, surprisingly a little lower for a holiday weekend, especially a three-day holiday weekend,” he said. “The accidents are right around the norm.”

Things were not as peaceful on Lake Lanier.

“We had a couple of fairly serious accidents, but they’re still under investigation,” said Mark McKinnon with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

McKinnon said that he wouldn’t have further information until the investigations were complete.

Incidents on the lake were up between Saturday and Monday, compared to last year’s Fourth of July weekend numbers.

In 2015, the department reported three total incidents, events with an injury or significant boat damage, with one involving alcohol, and no injuries.

This weekend, there were eight total incidents, four of which had alcohol involved, and 10 total injuries.
“We were up in boating accidents,” McKinnon said. “That’s not what we were looking for, but we’re still trying to get the message out there for everyone to be safe.”

Boating under the influence arrests reduced from 11 in 2015 to 10 in 2016, though it did have the most of Georgia lakes. Lake Allatoona had five BUI arrests and Lakes Oconee and Sinclair both had four.

Statewide there were a total of 43 BUI arrests, 19 boating accidents and 18 total injuries.