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Soggy start to season on lake, roads
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Forsyth County News

Public safety officials are crediting rain for contributing to a calm Memorial Day weekend in Forsyth County.

“It was relatively quiet,” said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins.

He said there were no fatalities and no major traffic incidents on local roads.

“The rain probably provided somewhat of a damper on a lot of outdoor activities,” he said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Kevin Wallace said the department also had a mild weekend.

“Everything was fairly decent,” he said.

Melissa Cummings, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said there were no drownings or boating fatalities reported across the state.

"As you may expect, weather is pretty much keeping activity across the state, Lake Lanier and everywhere else down," Cummings said. "... It’s been very, very quiet as far as any incidents go across the state."

Cummings said there was one boating under the influence charge Sunday on Lanier, as well as one on Saturday.

There also were three minor boating incidents and two minor injuries on the lake over the weekend, she said.

Statewide, the department issued 12 citations for boating under the influence, Cummings said. In addition, there were 10 boating incidents and seven injuries.

The Georgia State Patrol reported fewer traffic fatalities than expected over the 78-hour holiday span.

The state Department of Public Safety had predicted 18 people would die in wrecks over the weekend, which stretched from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday.

The department reported 14 fatal crashes, one of which resulted in two deaths in Fulton County, and a total of 2,794 wrecks.

Memorial Day weekend traditionally signals the start of summer. The next big holiday weekend will come July Fourth.

Ashley Fielding and Jessica Jordan of the FCN regional staff contributed to this report.