Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ENCOURAGES DRIVERS TO
– The Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety (DMV&PS) reminds
drivers that properly maintained vehicles can reduce the health risks associated
with air pollution caused by vehicle emissions.
in the Truckee Meadows emitting visible smoke contribute to 80 percent of the
area’s air pollution with poorly
maintained vehicles releasing as much as 10 times the emissions as a well
maintained vehicle. Studies show
that these emissions release tiny particles in the air that can be inhaled into
the lungs and possibly contribute to respiratory disease and other health
three major pollutants released by poorly maintained vehicles are:
Can cause eye irritation and is particularly harmful to people with asthma or
emphysema, which can cause an increase in coughing, wheezing and shortness of
breath and can ultimately lead to permanent lung damage.
Contributes to the formation of ozone and acid rain reducing the region’s
Reduces flow of oxygen in the bloodstream and can impair mental alertness and
vision. Studies have reported that
in urban areas as much as 90 percent of carbon monoxide in the air is a result
of motor vehicles
can promote healthy living and reduce
the amount of pollutants in the air with proper
vehicle maintenance and by reporting vehicles emitting visible exhaust by
dialing 686-SMOG, callers should be prepared to provide the license plate number
of the smoking vehicle, the approximate time the vehicle was spotted and the
location of the vehicle. All
information is confidential.
smoking vehicle program started in 1996, resulting in more than 32,000 calls
over the last five years to the DMV. The
program has helped to get more than 5,000 smoking vehicles cleaned up resulting
in cleaner air for the region.
more information on the smoking vehicle program call 1-877-DMV-STAT
(1-877-368-7828) or access http://www.dmvnv.com/emission.htm.