Yellowstone National Park announces traffic safety checkpoints

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 17:34:39-04
(NPS / Jacob W. Frank)

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers will conduct traffic safety checkpoints in the park the week of July 8, park officials announced Tuesday.

Park rangers will look for driver and vehicle safety violations and impaired drivers. Motorists may see an increased ranger presence on the roads, according to a press release.

“Park staff are committed to safety and safe driving. With more than 450 miles of 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,” the press release states.

Federal law requires the occupants of vehicles to wear seatbelts when driving on all park roads.