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Zion National Park rangers on lookout for holiday DUIs
First Published Jun 30 2014 08:28 am • Last Updated Jun 30 2014 03:58 pm

If you plan on driving to Zion National Park during the Independence Day weekend, don’t do it tipsy — rangers will be looking for you.

Acting Zion Superintendent Cindy Purcell warned Monday that southern Utah’s popular scenic and recreation destination will be expanding its DUI checkpoints and increasing patrols on roads within the park’s boundaries during the holiday period.

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"Rangers in the national parks have two essential missions," she said. "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."

Purcell noted that impaired driving in Zion is especially dangerous due to the narrow roads, steep drop-offs and sharp turns.

"We will show zero tolerance, and anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher will be arrested," she added.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




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