National wildlife day

Shenandoah River State Park has announced that Labor Day and National Wildlife Day share the same date this year, Monday, September 4th.

They have a full day of events planned for your enjoyment.

Event includes: meeting some of the park inhabitants, guess the animal, and habitat designing.

While the standard admission fees apply, all events are free starting at 10 am at the Ranger’s Station.

For more detail please visit the Shenandoah River State Park website. 

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Shenandoah National Park encourages safety this weekend

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park realizes the Labor Day Weekend will be busy, and you’ll be having fun!

But, you can’t have fun without some rules. 

Read up on fire safety, no fires in the back country and only build fires in park-built fire rings. 

The speed limit in most areas of Skyline Drive is 35 mph.

The Park law enforcement is working with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this weekend.

Stay on trail when you’re hiking in the park.

And finally, don’t play with or feed the wildlife.

Keep the park’s animals safe and give them space.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over across Virginia

September marked the beginning of Virginia’s 2022 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over driving under the influence enforcement and public education campaign.

The campaign will begin over Labor Day weekend and resume throughout the winter holiday season.

Through Labor Day, 92 Virginia law agencies will conduct 383 individual saturation patrols and 31 checkpoints as part of the program.

In 2021, 26% of traffic fatalities involved drunk driving.

Since the beginning of the program in 2001, the state has seen a 40% decrease in alcohol related crashes and a 31% decrease in fatalities while injuries have nearly halved.

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