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Enhanced DUI Enforcement at Zion this Halloween

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Date: October 21, 2010
Contact: Therese Picard, (435) 772-7852

With Halloween revelries occurring in and around Zion National Park over the next week, there will be an increased risk of accidents from drivers who have overindulged. Superintendent Jock Whitworth and Zion law enforcement rangers remind everyone to remain safe and sober while driving at this time of year.

"As always, our priority is the safety of our park’s visitors, neighbors, wildlife, and treasured resources." Whitworth stated, "Law enforcement rangers will be conducting extra patrols and DUI checkpoints in Zion during the week leading up to October 31."

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. Due to wildlife movement, earlier sunset, narrow park roads, and reduction in shuttle services within Zion, it is more important than ever for visitors and neighbors to assign a sober driver for Halloween and throughout their visit.

To make this Halloween safe for everyone, make a plan before the festivities begin. Designate a sober driver, or call a sober friend or family member. Remember that Halloween falls on a Sunday this year; so many partygoers will be out on Friday and Saturday as well. If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement-you may save a life! You can reach Zion National Park Emergency Law Enforcement Dispatch at (435) 772-3322.

Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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