Officials: No serious boating accidents, road fatalities over holiday
by Michelle Babcock
May 29, 2013 12:00 AM | 987 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
New laws that went into effect earlier in May appeared to pay off and this holiday weekend was quiet for the most part in Cherokee County, with no serious boating accidents and no fatalities on the roads, local agencies said.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said “there were no fatal or serious injury accidents in Cherokee over the weekend.”

Statewide the Georgia Department of Public Safety reported seven fatalities and state troopers investigated 490 wrecks and reported 258 injuries. In 2012 the GSP investigated 326 crashes with 276 injuries and six fatalities.

Three boating incidents resulted in two injuries on Lake Allatoona this Memorial Day weekend, but no fatalities occurred during the busy holiday weekend.

Sunday at about 1 p.m., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers attempted to stop someone that they witnessed jumping the wake of another water craft on Lake Allatoona in Bartow County.

While one vessel was stopping, the other ran into the stopped craft causing an arm injury for one passenger, said Melissa Cummings of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The water craft operator was charged with violating the 100-foot law.

On Sunday around 5 p.m., Cummings said a boat was reported capsized after having steerage linkage problems. The boat capsized after being hit by a large wake that swamped the boat. The two occupants were both wearing life jackets and were not injured, she said.

On Monday a water craft hit another and left the scene, Cummings said. One person was transported to Paulding Hospital and had minor injuries and an official with the DNR said rangers will continue to look for the other vessel involved.

The DNR reported three people boating under the influence this Memorial Day weekend on Allatoona, the same number reported last year. Memorial Day weekend in 2012 there was one boating incident and one drowning on Allatoona.

Two drownings statewide were reported by the DNR, one in Thomson at the Augusta Canal, and one in Metter on a private pond in Coffee County. The department reported 39 total BUIs, and six total incidents with five resulting in injuries.

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