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Yellowstone conducts safety checks on commercial vehicles

Jun 19, 2012 - The Associated Press

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- If you're driving -- or following -- a commercial bus or truck traveling through Yellowstone National Park this summer, be prepared to stop.

Commercial vehicles in the park may be subjected to safety checks.

The inspections are designed to ensure the safe operation and mechanical soundness of such vehicles on Yellowstone's roadways.

They are done to help protect visitors, park employees and park resources from potential accidents that could clog the park's often-narrow roadways or cause damage to the protected natural resources at the nation's oldest national park.

Under the inspection program, both the vehicle and the driver are evaluated in order to ensure full compliance with federal regulations that govern commercial vehicle operation.

This is the 14th year of the inspection program. Inspections are conducted both by park rangers and state and federal transportation officials.

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