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Yellowstone To Conduct Vehicle Safety Checkpoints This Weekend

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Date: June 2, 2011

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2011              11-053   
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone To Conduct Vehicle Safety Checkpoints This Weekend

Yellowstone National Park rangers will be conducting vehicle safety checkpoints in the park over the June 3-4 weekend.

Rangers will be looking for traffic and safety violations and for impaired drivers. They will also be handing out information on safe driving tips, seatbelt use, child seats and DUI awareness.

Park staff members are committed to safety and safe driving in the park. With over 300 miles of paved roads, Yellowstone’s unique driving conditions can be extremely challenging due to high traffic volume, rapidly-changing weather conditions and visitors and wildlife on roadways.

Visitors are reminded that federal law requires the occupants of vehicles to wear seatbelts when driving on all park roads.

The checkpoints are being conducted with the assistance of the Gallatin County DUI Task Force and local law enforcement agencies.

For current road conditions in the park, call (307) 244-2117.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

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.