Kevin R. Malone - Nevada DMV
Kathleen Hale - Rose/Glenn Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IS IN THE AIR, BUT SO IS AIR POLLUTION
– Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but love is not the only thing
in the air. Vehicles emitting
visible exhaust release three pollutants, resulting in poor air quality for the
region. The Department of Motor
Vehicles (DMV) provides drivers with information on the pollutants and solutions
to keep the Truckee Meadows smog free.
vehicles emit: hydrocarbons,
which react with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight and hot
temperatures forming ground-level ozone; nitrogen oxide which
contributes to the formation of ozone and acid rain; and carbon
monoxide that reduces the 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.
help prevent air pollution caused by vehicles emitting visible exhaust, drivers
can participate in the following:
Keep vehicles in good
running condition: poorly maintained vehicles emit as much as 10 times the
emissions as well-maintained vehicles
Travel at moderate steady
speeds and reduce idling time: idling more than half a minute burns more gas
than it takes to restart the engine.
· Use clean fuels when available: including reformulated gasoline, oxygenated gasoline and alternative fuels.
of the Truckee Meadows can also help to improve the region’s air quality by
reporting smoking vehicles by calling 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
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.