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Weather credited for safe weekend
Authorities pleased with slow holiday
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Forsyth County News

Memorial Day weekend came and went in Forsyth County with few problems, public safety officials said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the fire department received no requests for rescue assistance on Lake Lanier or the Chattahoochee River and there were no significant fires.

For local firefighters, it was a “successfully safe holiday weekend,” he said.

“This was one of those weekends where it was quiet and everyone was safe,” Shivers said, adding that the weather may have kept outdoor activities to a minimum.

The long holiday weekend, which typically signals the start of summer, featured overcast skies and afternoon showers nearly every day.

The weather forecast calls for that chance of rain to linger through this week.

Aside from a handful of citations for boating under the influence and a few boating-related injuries, Lanier saw no significant incidents over the weekend, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Two minor, separate boating incidents resulted in three injuries on Monday, according to the DNR, which handles law enforcement on the lake.

DNR spokeswoman Melissa Cummings said one injury was from a tubing accident, while two others with broken bones were the result of personal watercrafts possibly colliding.

The DNR’s law enforcement division had issued 11 citations for boating under the influence, with four of those issued on the waters of Lanier, Cummings said.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said the weekend was mild for law enforcement as well.

“All in all, it was a pretty uneventful weekend,” he said.

Huggins noted that on Monday a sheriff's patrol car crashed while pursuing a motorcycle, but no injuries were reported.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the state set a record low for traffic deaths over the 78-hour holiday travel period.

Four people died in crashes statewide over the holiday weekend. The previous low, set in 1979 and 2007, was 10.

The department also reported 2,547 wrecks and 637 injuries.

In 2009, the state recorded 16 traffic deaths and 1,126 injuries in 2,430 wrecks.

Though Memorial Day weekend may have been uneventful in Forsyth County, Shivers said activity likely will pick up for those in public safety.

With school out for summer -- the last day of classes in the local district was Friday -- there will be more young drivers on the road and more visitors to the lake and river.

“Certainly, summer for all public safety is a busy time of the year,” Shivers said.

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