‘Tree of life’ ceremony to honor those who died on NC roads

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – People who died in vehicle crashes on North Carolina roads will be remembered during a tree-lighting ceremony in Raleigh.

The annual “tree of life” lighting and candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday on the N.C. Capitol grounds. It’s sponsored by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

A total of 431 red lights will represent those who died as a result of impaired driving, with 955 white lights for those who died in other types of crashes. One blue light will represent an officer who died in a crash in 2015.

The ceremony began 19 years ago.

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