New Jersey DEP Awards $110K to Enforce and Educate about Vehicle Idling – Money Well Spent or Wasted? [POLL]
Idling cars and busses have always been thought to be a source of pollution.
I think we can safely say that.
Now the state has awarded a total of $110 thousand of your hard earned dollars to the effort to clamp down on motorists that idle their vehicles for more than 3 minutes.
The DEP has shelled out a total of $110,000 in grant money to eight counties and Atlantic City as part of its “Anti-Idling Overtime Project.”
The goal of the project is to improve New Jersey’s air quality and educate the public about the harm that idling motor vehicles do to the environment, officials said.
“This is a great way to involve local officials and residents in a statewide quest to reduce diesel emissions,” DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said in a statement.
The grant money will be given to the local county’s health agency, officials said.
The health agencies will conduct anti-idling activities, including education, outreach and enforcement of state environmental regulations during off-hours and weekends to supplement anti-idling efforts already in place.
What are anti-idling activities anyway? (Oh, I know…have someone instruct you in turning the car off!?)
And what about monitoring how long someone idles their car?
Will there be special monitors placed at high volume traffic intersections as well as backups on the Parkway and Turnpike? Or maybe outside the Wawa while your significant other goes inside to buy a hoagie?
I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what I envision the purpose of this 110 grand.
In other words…wasting more of our moe-NAY!