Yellowstone rangers conducted a series of traffic safety checkpoints this past June.
On June 14, 29 and 30, rangers stopped traffic to single out drivers who were impaired, or committing traffic and safety violations. 328 drivers were stopped, with ten receiving citations and four people arrested. The arrests included drivers guilty of driving under the influence.
The Gallatin County DUI Task Force assisted Yellowstone National Park rangers with the checkpoints, along with local law enforcement.
These checkpoints serve as a reminder to visitors what is expected of them on the roads. On the whole, the Park gives visitors a wide berth while traveling Yellowstone roads. Nonetheless, visitors to Yellowstone are expected to keep to the speed limit, wear seat belts, not drive impaired and understand the unique circumstances—driving along cliff sides or along switchbacks—Yellowstone’s topography holds for drivers.