RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The more than 1,300 people who lost their lives in traffic accidents in North Carolina last year are being remembered with a "tree of life" on the lawn of the state Capitol.
The tree will be illuminated Friday with 1,327 lights representing the people who died in 2010 on North Carolina roads. Most of the lights will be white but 438 will be red to remember those killed in alcohol-related crashes last year.
Among those speaking at the lighting ceremony are Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and Becky Wallace, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. Also speaking are John Evans, an executive with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Bill Wilson, whose wife was killed when a drunken driver hit her car.
MADD also will hold a candlelight vigil.