Stop idling - it's the law in Newark

By Mellany Armstrong 1:04pm, January 30, 2013 - Updated 1:49pm, January 30, 2013
WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.
Newark becomes the first city in Delaware to establish a no-idling law that includes private vehicles.

The campaign kicked off at Newark High School, where the first 'no idling' signs have been installed.

Tom Freuhstorfer of the Newark Conservation Advisory Commission says it could save your life.

"If as a few as a quarter of Newark drivers would simply turn off their engines just half the time, we could potentially reduce carbon emissions by 1.7 to 2.6 million pounds per year," he said.

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Newark High senior Phyllis Spencer says she supports the law.

"I think it's a good idea to start with new drivers because once they start from the beginning, as soon as you start driving, if you know that you shouldn't be idling, then it's less likely to happen in the future," she said.

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The campaign also includes fliers and mailers to get the word out.

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