Idling reports logged as cold weather arrives in Park City
The Park City Police Department last week reported a series of cases involving vehicles idling, a practice that is forbidden inside the city under most circumstances.
The reports were logged as some of the coldest weather of the season arrived. The cases were reported in several locations in the Main Street core. Park City enacted a law targeting idling in late 2010. It was part of City Hall’s wide-ranging environmental efforts. The law prohibits idling for more than one minute and covers vehicles on public property and some private properties. There are exemptions to ensure the safety of people and animals, though.
The reports logged by the Police Department last week included at least three cases on Main Street and at least two cases on Swede Alley. Each of them was reported prior to noon.
The public police logs did not provide details about any of the cases. There have been wider concerns, though, along Main Street and on nearby streets like Swede Alley than many other places in Park City. Signs have been posted in that area warning drivers not to idle vehicles.
Park City moved against vehicle idling in an effort to cut emissions. The 2010 law was enacted as City Hall pursued a broad environmental platform. Leaders at the time argued that a warming planet could someday threaten the ski industry that is critical to the Park City economy. The environmental efforts have continued.
The law prohibiting idling has a series of exemptions. They allow idling under circumstances such as when the engine needs to be running for repairs, when the health or safety of the driver, passengers or service animals would be endangered if the engine was turned off or if an engine is required to run to operate vehicle systems. A vehicle is allowed to idle when the defroster is in use.
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