South Jordan Passes ‘Idle Free’ resolution for cleaner air

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah, Oct. 17, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — South Jordan City has passed Resolution R2019-58; an “Idle Free South Jordan” resolution.

“South Jordan is committed to doing its part in creating cleaner air for our residents, and the residents of Salt Lake County,” said South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey, by way of a press release from the city.

This decision follows Gov. Gary Herbert’s 12th Annual Governor’s declaration for “Idle Free Utah,” the State Legislature passing HB148, a “Vehicle Idling Revisions” bill, and at least 10 other cities that have endorsed idle free practices by either resolution or ordinance.

“According to the Environmental Defense Fund, more than 10 seconds of idling consumes more fuel than restarting that vehicle,” Ramsey said.

South Jordan is committed to the health and wellbeing of residents, and will be starting an educational campaign on air quality, the news release said. Simple things, such as turning off the car instead of idling, can reduce harmful pollutants.

“Air quality is a public health concern that affects all of us,” Ramsey said. “By being mindful and working together, we can move the needle toward cleaner air.”

The resolution is meant to encourage responsible reduction of idling in vehicles and is not enforceable by citation or fine. Compliance is voluntary, officials said.


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