Yellowstone National Park to Conduct Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints
Contact: Nash, (307)344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2012
Yellowstone National Park rangers and special agents will be conducting safety and sobriety checkpoints on roads inside the park beginning Thursday, May 4, and ending Saturday, May 6. Yellowstone law enforcement staff will be looking primarily for drivers who are impaired and for other traffic and safety violations.
In 2005, Yellowstone law enforcement rangers investigated over 522 vehicle accidents, made over 65 arrests for driving under the influence, and filed 193 criminal cases for possession or sale of illegal drugs.
Park staff members are very committed to safety and safe driving in the park. With over 310 miles of paved roads, Yellowstone has some unique driving conditions. Visitors are reminded that Federal law requires the occupants of vehicles to wear seatbelts when driving on park roads.
Did You Know?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.