In 2006, there were 13,470 traffic fatalities in this country involving at least one driver who was driving while intoxicated.
There can be no doubt that drinking and driving leads to lives lost, the lives of drunk drivers, and even more tragically, the lives of innocent victims.
We invite you to attend the Tree of Life Ceremony which is dedicated to the 1,059 North Carolinians who lost their lives in traffic accidents last year; you are also invited to the Candlelight Vigil which remembers the 379 North Carolinians who died as a result of drinking and driving. The ceremony is this Friday night at 6 p.m. in Battleship Park.
Local law enforcement officers will be recognized by Coastal Carolina Justice in Motion and District Attorney Ben David for their contributions to getting drunk drivers off the roads. Darrell Jernigan, Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, will speak, as will Bert Williams, a Wilmington native whose son, Harper, was killed by a drunk driver three years ago. Bert has been active in the fight to prevent under-age drinking and driving while intoxicated ever since.
It promises to be a moving ceremony that will celebrate the lives of accident victims, pay tribute to their families and remind us of the real-life consequences of drinking and driving.