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Rain falls, wrecks rise
Authorities busy over wet holiday
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Forsyth County News
Authorities say the long New Year's weekend passed with no major incidents in Forsyth County.

The 102-hour holiday period began at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and ended at midnight Sunday.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins said deputies responded to 30 wrecks, three of which involved injuries, but none were fatal.

"That's probably not an unusually high number," he said. "All in all, Forsyth County enjoyed a safe holiday period."
Huggins said he thinks law enforcement campaigns designed to curb drunk driving over the holidays have been successful.

"It's hard to measure the results ... these campaigns, with the increased emphasis placed on drinking and driving, have caused those who might have a tendency to drink and drive to be aware of the penalties that are somewhat severe," Huggins said.

"They are now beginning to get designated drivers and trying to be safer on the roads. I think these campaigns without a doubt are effective."

Cumming Police Chief Mike Eason said officers worked four wrecks over the holiday period. None resulted in serious injuries.

"It was a quiet weekend," Eason said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the department, which responds to incidents in the county and city, was busy but no more than usual.

It appears the rest of the state did not fare as well as Forsyth.

According to Georgia State Patrol figures, the holiday period ended with 20 reported traffic deaths, which coincides with the agency's estimates last week, in 17 crashes statewide.

"Wet roads for the third consecutive holiday period contributed to a higher than normal number of crashes, especially between noon and midnight Friday," the state patrol said in a statement.

In addition, 955 wrecks and 240 injuries were reported during that time frame.

E-mail Julie Arrington at juliearrington@forsythnews.com.