Extra Grand Teton National Park rangers will be on patrol this weekend looking for driving violations and drunk drivers.
The increased patrols are being put in place Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s an opportunity to remind the public that we are federal peace officers and we are looking out for the safety of our visitors,” public information officer for Grand Teton National Park Denise Germann said. “We do them occasionally and this is the busy time of year and there are lots of activities going on.”
Rangers sometimes find that distracted driving is a factor when responding to accidents in the park.
“They see those peaks and sometimes drivers will stop in the middle of the road,” Germann said.
Spotting wildlife can also cause accidents and traffic jams.
“People get excited,” Germann said.
The increased patrols, she said, are to promote safe driving practices.
“With more than 150 miles of roads, Grand Teton's unique driving conditions can be challenging due to high traffic volumes, road construction, rapidly-changing weather conditions, and visitors and wildlife on roadways,” Germann stated in a press release.
Rangers patrol park roads on a routine basis and respond to car accidents and reports of cars driving unsafely.
This weekend’s focus will be driver impairment and car safety violations, Germann said.
“All drivers should observe and obey posted speed limits, be alert for wildlife, and never drive when impaired by drugs, alcohol or fatigue,” the release stated. “All vehicle occupants are required to wear a seat belt and open containers of alcohol are not allowed in a vehicle.”