***Media Advisory*** Friday, November 30, 2012




WHAT:                      N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Tree of Life and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Candlelight Vigil ceremony


WHEN:                      Monday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.             


WHERE:                   State Capitol Grounds (Wilmington Street side)


COMMENTS:           The more than 1,200 people who lost their lives in North Carolina traffic crashes in 2011 will be remembered this holiday season on a “Tree of Life” to be displayed on the lawn of the State Capitol.


                                    Transportation Secretary Gene Conti, GHSP Director Becky Wallace, N.C. MADD Director LaRhonda Scott and Audrey Moody will speak at the ceremony. Moody lost her husband and son when their motorcycle was hit by a drunk driver. 


                        The tree will be illuminated by 1,214 lights representing the number of people who died last year on North Carolina roadways. While the majority of the lights will be white, 397 of them will be red to remember those killed in alcohol-related crashes. 


                                    Victims of impaired drivers will also be honored by MADD during its annual Candlelight Vigil.  The “Tree of Life” will remain on display at the State Capitol through Jan. 2, 2012.


For more information regarding GHSP activities, contact Don Nail (919) 733-3083, or visit the GHSP website.



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