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Contact: Randy Scoggins, (423) 569-9778
Contact: Gary Shreffler
In an effort to help keep park visitors safe, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area park rangers will be conducting a safety checkpoint the weekend of August 11-13. Park rangers will be focusing on vehicle and occupant safety during the checkpoint but would like to remind visitors that other violations will be addressed if they are encountered.
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Department of Homeland Security, the counties surrounding Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area have seen six more rural fatal accidents so far this year compared to all of 2016. Additionally, the National Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and light trucks occupants by 60 percent.
During the checkpoint contact, rangers will remind motorists to be alert for the presence of wildlife on or along the roadways, especially during the low light conditions between dusk and dawn. Motorists should expect minor delays during the checkpoint with delays of one minute or less.