ORANGE COUNT – The Town of Chapel Hill is kicking off 2014 by asking you to make a resolution to drive with care and pay attention when walking or biking.
Chapel Hill continues to try to be a walk- and bike-friendly town with the promotion of safety at crosswalks and on roadways.
The Town is hosting three crosswalk education outreach sessions for motorist, pedestrians and drivers:
• January 8 – 10 to 11 a.m. on Pittsboro Street near SECU and McCauley Street
• January 22 – 5 to 6 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
• January 28 – 8 to 9 a.m. on Franklin Street near Granville Towers and E. Franklin Street at Elizabeth Street (Stroud Hill)
You still have time to register as a Book Giver for World Book Night.
World Book Night is an annual celebration in which people spread the love of reading by going out into their communities and give out paperbacks to light and non-readers.
Each Book Giver receives 20 World Book Night paperbacks to give out, and OrangeCounty’s main library will be one of the pickup sites for the givers. The library will also hold a reception for the givers the week before World Book Night.
World Book Night is April 23 this year. Tens of thousands are expected to participate again.
You have until January 5 to register to be a Book Giver.
For more information, click here.
Take a trip to the Orange County main library and you’ll see the Orange County Animal Services decorations of shelter pets in need of adoption.
Photos of animals that need a new home and some who have already gotten one will be on display until January 11 as part of the “Home for the Holidays” annual campaign to raise awareness for the shelter.
Animal Services is also giving a special deal for adoptions with dogs available for $60 and cats available for $50.
If you want to help Orange County Animal Services—even if it’s just to donate food—you can find more information by clicking here.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/road-safety-2014-world-book-night-home-holidays/
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RALEIGH – Authorities say law enforcement officers are out in full force across North Carolina to catch drunken drivers.
The Department of Transportation says the Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign kicks off this weekend and runs through Sept. 2.
The director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program says young adults often celebrate with alcohol as they say goodbye to summer and head back to school. Don Nail says the campaign is designed to remind them they should designate a sober driver, call a cab or take public transit.
New public service announcements are running on television and social media.
The transportation agency says there were nearly 11,000 alcohol-related crashes in North Carolina last year. More than half of them involved drivers between 18 and 34 years old.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/nc-launches-campaign-against-drunken-driving/