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Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703
The National Park Service (NPS) is participating in a national traffic safety campaign to reduce impaired driving on roads in Acadia National Park and throughout the neighboring communities on Mount Desert Island. Beginning September 3 and continuing through the fall, park rangers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and enhancing traffic enforcement in the park to identify drivers impaired by alcohol and drugs. The NPS is sponsoring the traffic safety campaign in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The National Park Service is working closely with other agencies to ensure that visitors to Acad1a have a safe and enjoyable trip," said Superintendent Kevin Schneider. "We appreciate the cooperation of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, and the Bar Harbor, Mount Desert, and Southwest Harbor police departments in this important effort."
Park rangers will stop and make brief contact with all drivers passing through a sobriety checkpoint and make every effort to minimize any inconvenience to drivers.
In addition to driving impaired, possessing an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is illegal, and no person under the age of 21 may possess alcohol.