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Safety and Sobriety Checkpoints to be Conducted

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Date: May 7, 2008
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

 

Yellowstone National Park

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

                 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 07, 2008     08-027

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 on May 8.  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.

 

-www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

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.