Law enforcement: Holiday weekend was success
by Michelle Babcock
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The early morning rain didn't keep everyone from enjoying the Labor Day holiday Monday.  Woodstock residents Jim Tracy and his son, Ryan Tracy, enjoy a cool morning fishing at Lake Allatoona. <br>Staff/Todd Hull
The early morning rain didn't keep everyone from enjoying the Labor Day holiday Monday. Woodstock residents Jim Tracy and his son, Ryan Tracy, enjoy a cool morning fishing at Lake Allatoona.
Staff/Todd Hull
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Despite heavy traffic on the streets and in the water, Cherokee County made it through the Labor Day holiday with no fatalities or serious injuries.

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday period started at 6 p.m. Friday and ended Monday at midnight, and no fatalities were reported on Cherokee roads or waterways.

Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said that the Sheriff’s Office responded to 18 accidents on public roads and made three DUI arrests over the holiday period. Of the accidents reported, Baker said that seven involved “minor injuries and none were life-threatening.”

“Those numbers could reflect any ‘non-holiday’ weekend throughout the year,” Baker said. “And we are certainly pleased no one was killed or seriously injured.”

The last time a fatality occurred in Cherokee over the Labor Day holiday was in 2011, Baker said.

“This Labor Day weekend was considerably less eventful as far as accidents and DUIs are concerned,” Baker said. “When you combine that with the fact that no one was killed in a car accident, this Labor Day weekend was a success from a law enforcement standpoint.”

Georgia State Patrol officials said troopers investigated four crashes with three injuries and no fatalities in Cherokee County over the weekend. Troopers also issued 29 citations, 52 warnings and made one DUI arrest in Cherokee over the Labor Day holiday, officials said.

Statewide, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 443 wrecks over the holiday period, resulting in 226 injuries. The GSP reported a total of 14 fatalities, and investigated 10 of those.

In 2012, there were 13 deaths statewide over the Labor Day holiday period, according the Georgia State Patrol.

Fatalities were reported by authorities in Cartersville, Blue Ridge, Athens, Roswell, Cobb, DeKalb, Manchester, Madison, Dublin, Albany, Tifton and Waycross.

Statewide, troopers arrested more than 225 people on charges of driving under the influence, authorities said.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there were no boating- or swimming-related deaths in Cherokee County over the weekend, but there were three deaths on public waters statewide, and two were considered boating-related.

Four other boating incidents were reported statewide, two involving personal watercraft and one included minor injuries, none of which happened on Lake Allatoona, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

On Lake Allatoona, there were no BUIs issued, and no boating-incident related injuries. An Atlanta man who died in Bartow County was the only reported incident on Lake Allatoona over the holiday weekend.

Over the Labor Day holiday GDNR rangers reported 18 incidents of boating under the influence statewide, compared to six BUIs in 2012 and nine in 2011, officials said.



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