Posted by Debra Worley - email
KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The countdown to 2009 has begun and New Year's Eve celebrations will take place throughout the area.
There is a special New Year's Eve party at the Kure Beach Pier as part of the Island of Lights.
There will be fun for the whole family with music, and dancing beginning at 9:00.
Just as the clock strikes midnight, the giant lighted beach ball will drop and fireworks will light up the sky.
Regardless of how you celebrate the new year, Governor Mike Easley wants to remind drivers to be safe.
State and local law enforcement officers will be out in force as part of the "Booze it and Lose it" campaign.
According to the Governor's Highway Safety Program, six people in North Carolina lost their lives in drunk driving crashes last New Year's Eve. More than 60 other people were injured.
It is not uncommon for a sober driver going through a green traffic light to be hit by a drunk driver running a red light.
Deputies warn that drivers should approach traffic lights with caution.
Here are some more tips from the Governor's Highway Safety Program for your New Year's celebration:
- Plan ahead and designate a sober driver or arrange alternate transportation.
- Be aware of your surroundings and do not venture out alone.
- Make sure your friends have safe transportation for the evening.
- Do not let friends drink and drive.
Deputies will also be patrolling the are looking for people who are using fireworks illegally.