Memorial Day weekend
Georgia State Patrol Post 6:
Covers Hall, White and Banks counties
Department of Natural Resources Region 2:
Includes Lake Lanier, Hall County and other surrounding counties
Boating incidents: 8
The final tally for Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources looked similar to last year for the busy Memorial Day weekend.
GSP Post 6 — which covers Hall, Banks and White counties — made seven DUI arrests and responded to 33 crashes. None of them were fatalities.
“The 33 crash number is roughly the same,” GSP Cpl. Auston Allen said of this year compared to recent history.
On Lake Lanier, DNR officers made seven boating under the influence arrests on Lake Lanier, with almost all of them in Hall County, said Cpl. Adam Loudermilk.
DNR also responded to two boating incidents on the lake.
“We had a couple other minor things — boats bumping — but it was not considered an accident,” Loudermilk said.
The entire DNR region that includes Gainesville and Lake Lanier had 11 BUI arrests and eight boating incidents this weekend, one fewer in both categories compared to 2014’s holiday.
A total of 17 people died over the Memorial Day weekend statewide, with 15 of those being on the road. None of the fatalities happened in Hall County.
Loudermilk said he has seen some positive change in terms of recent law changes on the lake.
“Personally, within the past few years, I have noticed an increase in designated drivers on the water,” he said. “With the age changing on the (personal flotation devices) on kids, we’re seeing that and that’s kind of something that takes a little while for people to learn sometimes.”
The law changed on May 15, 2013, which required all children under the age of 13 to wear a personal flotation device on any moving boat.
“Some of them turned 10 and don’t have to wear them,” Loudermilk said. “And then all of a sudden a law changed and they have to wear them again.”