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Safety tour kicks off in Forsyth
Events continue through Saturday
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FORSYTH COUNTY — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has launched the Making a Safer Forsyth Tour, with educational events planned through Saturday at sites across the county.

“We’re really very concerned about the numbers of traffic-related fatalities in Forsyth County,” said Harris Blackwood, director of the office. “We want to offer our resources to the residents there to learn about ways to improve those numbers.”

According to state figures, the number of vehicle-related fatalities has increased every year in Forsyth since 2009. In 2012, there were 22 fatalities, a 144 percent increase from three years earlier.

“Our hope is that at the end of our tour, the folks in Forsyth County will have new tools to combat the issues of seat belt use, impaired driving, distracted driving, and bicycle and pedestrian safety,” Blackwood said.

The event began Tuesday night at the Chick-fil-A Family Night in Lanier Crossing and continues today with educational presentations at Settles Bridge and Cumming elementary schools, South Forsyth Middle School and Central Park, followed by an event at Lanier Technical College.

Blackwood said the events will feature teams of certified personnel visiting schools to deliver messages about child passenger safety and the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

Educational presentations will be held Thursday at Whitlow Elementary and Riverwatch, Lakeside, Little Mill and Vickery Creek middle schools. There also will be a stop at Sexton Hall Enrichment Center, with CarFit technicians talking to senior citizens about issues affecting older drivers.

Friday’s tour will include visits to North Forsyth, Otwell and Piney Grove middle schools, Kelly Mill Elementary and South Forsyth High.

A bicycle safety event will be held Saturday at Fowler Park, along with a car seat safety check event at Walmart on Market Place Boulevard in Cumming.

The safety check, set for noon to 3 p.m., will include trained child safety seat technicians from state agencies, fire departments, law enforcement agencies and nonprofits ensuring that child seats are properly installed.

“The events we have planned for this week will ensure a safer future for those driving in Forsyth County,” Blackwood said. “Our team is coming to this community to create a safer place for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.”