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avatar Zion Announces DUI Prevention Program
June 24, 2010 02:37PM
Zion Announces DUI Prevention Program
Date: June 24, 2010
Contact: Therese Picard, 435-772-7852

Rangers at Zion National Park have announced plans to expand vehicle DUI checkpoints and traffic patrols in an effort to provide a safer visit for the approximately three million visitors to Zion each year. According to Superintendent Jock Whitworth, "Rangers in the National Parks have two essential missions. One is to preserve and protect natural and cultural resources in perpetuity. The other is to provide for the safe enjoyment of those resources by visitors."

Using funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Zion Rangers plan to conduct high visibility enforcement efforts, including sobriety checkpoints and saturation enforcement patrols on park roads to help prevent drunk driving. The first enhanced effort is set to occur over a 2-week period around the July 4 holiday period. A second effort is scheduled for early September and the Labor Day holiday. Additional high visibility patrols are planned for late October, around Halloween and hunting season. Regular enforcement efforts will continue to occur throughout the year.

Superintendent Whitworth added, "In addition to our continued work to protect the resources, we are planning to expand our efforts and vigilance to prevent alcohol-related crashes and fatalities. Impaired driving in Zion is especially dangerous due to the narrow roads, steep drop-offs and sharp turns. Zion National Park’s enforcement is aimed to keep all visitors, local residents, and wildlife safe on the park’s roads. Our goal is to not to write a lot of tickets or make a lot of arrests. Rather it is to make people think twice about driving after drinking. Better yet, people should appoint a sober designated driver before they go out in the first place."

Operations will take place at all of Zion National Park’s heavily-traveled locations, including the Main Park Road and the Kolob Terrace Road. The park plans to work collaboratively with the Utah Department of Highway Safety and neighboring law enforcement agencies to increase regular patrols. These efforts will enhance the safety of both visitors and park wildlife.
Re: Zion Announces DUI Prevention Program
June 24, 2010 03:20PM
Wow. That's odd. Who in the hell drives drunk in Zion? The bus drivers?

I was just there in March, and the only booze I saw being consumed was by a handful of folks at the lodge in the middle of the park.

Maybe they're all a bunch of juicehounds up by Kolob.
avatar Re: Zion Announces DUI Prevention Program
June 24, 2010 03:56PM
I found it a bit odd too. Perhaps they don't think traffic is bad enough and want to fix that.
avatar Re: Zion Announces DUI Prevention Program
June 24, 2010 06:57PM
It's not that easy to find alcohol in Utah. A supermarket can't sell anything with higher than a 3.2% alcohol content. However - there is a certain brewery in Park City that's been cashing in on the state's notorious past with the following:

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