Kris Jackson: Think of the greater good when idling your vehicle

  • Students in Ryan Pickard’s fourth-grade class stand in front of Maple Street School in Easthampton where the students are working to change parents habits of idling in front of the school. Gazette file photo

Published: 4/14/2019 7:00:15 PM

I was glad to see the issue of excessive idling brought to light (“Getting active on idling,” March 26). Besides air and noise pollution and resource use, idling motors and vibrations impact mostly those outside of the idling car, while the idler is comfy and warm or cool depending on the season for.

I often see people at the parks or ponds idling for very long times. At a park where people play or walk dogs or just enjoy the nature, cars idling really ruins things. I can understand a need sometimes for excessive idling, however, most of the time it’s just selfish behavior. People can open a window or wear a coat or just shut off the car while waiting.

I saw a lady idling for 25 minutes or more about 3 feet from someone’s bedrooms, even though this person had an apartment at the complex where they were idling while playing on their phone. They could have gone inside instead of running their engine arms length from an elderly couple’s apartment.

Except for special circumstances like health or something important, it seems that most idlers are only thinking of their own comfort and not about others or the planet. I feel that folks who need to wait, or wish to be at the park especially, and want to remain in a car should turn off their car and think of the greater good.

Kris Jackson

Amherst




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