Greener BeeGreen HolidaysArea agencies report ‘calm’ holiday weekend

Game Warden Darla Barr said the Fourth of July holiday weekend was fairly calm around the waters of Cooke County.

“Everything went off smoothly,” Barr said, while adding there were no major incidents on Ray Roberts and Moss Lakes that she was aware of.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Gainesville Police Department were just a few of the agencies who reported they would be increasing their presence over the three-day weekend.

Law enforcement officials believe individuals might have heeded precautionary warnings to ensure they had a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Trooper Mark Tackett, spokesman for the Texas Highway Patrol, said he wasn’t aware of any additional accidents along the highways due to the increase in traffic.

“Increased presence by the Texas Highway Patrol during high traffic holidays assists in reminding the public to stay safe while traveling,” he said via an emailed statement.

Last year between July 1 and July 5, Gainesville police made four driving while intoxicated related arrests, according to Belva McClinton, spokeswoman for GPD.

During the same period this year, two DWI arrests were made, she said.

Police Chief Kevin Phillips said the department issued three warnings for seat belt violations last year during the July 4th holiday.

“During the same period this year, we issued four citations and one warning,” Phillips said.

Fireworks are always a cause for concern during Independence Day celebrations and officials were happy to report there were no major incidents due to the explosives.

Gainesville police responded to 43 calls for fireworks this past weekend. However, no citations were issued, according to statistics provided by the department.

The city of Gainesville does not allow “any person to possess, store, offer for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any fireworks.”

It is legal to shoot off fireworks within the unincorporated areas of the county, though.

Thanks to additional rain over the weekend, there were no reports of firework related fires, according to County Fire Marshal Ray Fletcher.

Fletcher said it seemed liked a “pretty good weekend and the wet weather/green grass surely helped keep it that way!”

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