Poll: Should Schools have a "No-Idling Zone"?
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Should Schools have a "No Idling Zone"?
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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47520848

This question links back to an article that discusses the possibility of implementing no-idling zones at schools. This may seem almost rhetorical in a sense to most teenagers, as they'd definitely want to keep flexing their 2018 Ruby Red Mustang GT Coupe to all their peers outside of school, they wouldn't want a car ban at all! However the UK, facing a national epidemic of thousands of deaths per year (28,000-36,000 to be exact) attributed mainly to the severe pollution in the country, has many public health chiefs proposing this immediate and effective solution to reduce the pollution. This is something to consider for the benefit of everyone in the present and the future.

The UK health officials not only proposed this, but also to introduce no-idling zones to other vulnerable locations such as hospitals and care homes. In my opinion, this should be implemented as soon as possible because it's such an easy to get rid of the needless pollution we're making and if enough schools, hospitals and care homes follow through on this proposal, we might be able to influence the reduction of all pollutants globally.
#2
Idling link - https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47525885

I agree with implementing a no-idling zone policy near schools. Children in comparison to adults are more susceptible to the effects of toxic pollutants being released from these idling cars. Therefore, school zones which are so densely populated by these youth can be greatly impacted. As said by the world health organization, kids are constantly growing, and their immune, nervous, and other systems are still developing, so these toxins can cause irreversible damage to their body systems.

In 2016, the Mayor's office conducted an experiment where they got volunteers to go around, asking drivers to turn off their engines when they weren't being used. After a series of "action days" they counted that black carbon levels were almost 40 % lower. Black carbon can be linked to lung and heart disease. So, if only a couple "action days" had such a positive effect on the air, imagine making "action days" a permanent thing with no idling zones in schools.

WHO link - https://www.who.int/ceh/risks/en/
#3
I agree with both of you. This is a very quick, almost mindless solution to reducing the amoutn of pollution in our atmosphere. I also agree with you in that children are at more of a risk to harmful diseases and toxins because they fail to be fully developed. However, the issue arises when it comes to enforcing a no idle zone. Yes implementing it will be easy enough, just like the implementation of play ground zones and reducing your speed to 30km/h BUT they are many people who believe that is way too slow or just simply disregard the signs without thinking of the possible consequences. Likewise with idle free zones, how will we ensure that this rule is being followed? There are photo radars that ensure people do not speed but how can we do this to ensure nobody is idling? Once again, I agree with you in that idle free zones should be implemented, I am just not sure how effective they will unless there is a way to enforce no idling.


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