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Yellowstone to Conduct Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints

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Date: March 13, 2008
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13,2008     08-017
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone National Park to Conduct Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints

In accordance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's "National Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown," Yellowstone National Park rangers will be conducting safety and sobriety checkpoints on Highway 191 inside the park, beginning on March 14 and continuing throughout the weekend.  Yellowstone law enforcement staff will be looking primarily for drivers who are impaired and for other traffic and safety violations.   

In 2007, Yellowstone law enforcement rangers investigated over 593 vehicle accidents, 2 of which resulted in fatalities, including 1 as the result of a head-on, 2 vehicle DUI crash on Highway 191. 

Park staff members are very committed to safety and safe driving in the park.  With over 300 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.


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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.