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Little activity over holiday weekend
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Forsyth County News


Authorities said there were no serious wrecks with injuries or fatalities on Forsyth County roads over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

“Just the way we like it,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins.

“Between our agency and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety getting the word out about safe driving, taking your time and enjoying the holidays, the word got out and motorists, to their credit, were very careful and took their time and as a result, we had a very safe weekend in Forsyth County,” Huggins said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the weekend was also quiet for the department.

“Typically Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are busy with structural fires from turkey fryers and kitchen fryers and the like,” Shivers said. “But this year, Thanksgiving came and went with practically no fire activity.”

There were 520 wrecks over the weekend statewide. Those resulted in 231 injuries and 11 deaths, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

While that total may seem high, it was an improvement over Thanksgiving 2009, when 13 people died and 888 were injured in 2,348 wrecks across Georgia.

The 102-hour Thanksgiving travel period ran from 6 p.m. Nov. 24 to midnight Sunday.

Prior to the holiday, two men died after separate wrecks less than a day apart in Forsyth County.

A 45-year-old Canton man was killed Nov. 23 when a van and sport utility vehicle collided head on at Bethelview and Kelly Mill roads.

The collision occurred about 18 hours after an 80-year-old Forsyth County man died as the result of a two-vehicle wreck at Old Atlanta Road and Mathis Airport Parkway.