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Zion National Park rangers are part of an ongoing crackdown on drunken drivers at the popular southern Utah scenic attraction.
Part of a national campaign against impaired driving, the enhanced enforcement campaign began Aug. 19 and runs through Labor Day weekend.
"Zion National Park is committed to protecting park visitors by intensifying our law enforcement efforts. With twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occurring over weekends and four times as many accidents occurring at night, we will be particularly vigilant during these times," said Zion Superintendent Jock Whitworth.
Violators can face jail time, lose their driver licenses or be required to use ignition interlock devices. Financial effects of a violation include increased insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time from work and potential job loss.
"Our message is simple and unwavering: If you are found driving while under the influence, you will be arrested. No exceptions," Whitworth said.