Oneida, TN (2017-08-07) In an effort to help keep park visitors safe, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area park rangers will be conducting a safety checkpoint the weekend of August 11-13.
During the enforcement effort, park rangers will be focusing on vehicle and occupant safety but would like to remind visitors that other violations will be addressed, if they are encountered.
According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Department of Homeland Security, the counties surrounding Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area have seen six more rural fatal accidents so far this year compared to all of 2016. Additionally, the National Traffic Safety Administration reports that seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injuries to front seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent and light trucks occupants by 60 percent.
During the checkpoint contact, rangers will also take the opportunity to remind motorists about the dangers of driving in areas where wildlife are often seen on or along the roadways, especially during the low light conditions between dusk and dawn.
Motorists should expect minor delays during the checkpoint with delays of one minute or less.