1/29/09

How To Report an Idling Vehicle in NYC

My Ex BF was insane about idling. Even if I was just going to run something into the video store or get a bra fitting, he wanted to turn the car off. I was like jeez, man, you're harshing my mellow. But he was totally right about idling. It's bad for your car, bad for the environment and local air quality, and disrupts traffic. Also it's annoying to everyone besides the person doing it just cuz it is. That's why it's illegal in NYC (new legislation makes the laws even tougher near city schools).

I have had a LOT of coffee. One of the side effects of being really caffeinated is that I start to resemble the pictured prancing owl above. Idling is my new crusade! Here is what I do to report offenders: I call 311 with the Time, Date, and License # and type of the offending vehicle. Sometimes I elect to tell them they are being reported. Boy, do they like that courtesy!

But just turn off your car, you know? It's not like it's a model T that is going to take 3 people and a lot of hullabaloo to start it back up again. So give a hoot, don't pollute.

6 comments:

Phil Villarreal said...

Even harsher than NYC's law is Woodsy Owl's personal guarantee to talon the eyes out of any and all idlers.

bennett said...

i lol u

Braden said...

Ok, so what if you have someone else's small child in your car...and it's -10 degrees outside, and you have to run in to the vet to get your dog's stitches removed from her surgery last week...this is a completely hypothetical situation...then might it be ok to leave the car on? Just for like 5 minutes. It's just not cool to freese someone else's kid, you know?

Luke White said...

Twitter-->Blog-->Nightmares about giant puffy amphetamine-addled owls

Awesome.

Anonymous said...

Having seen you over-caffeinated on many occasions, I can personally attest to your resembling the owl. Do not eat any mice. Love, Mom

Erin said...

Our pollution is so bad here in Utah that elementary schools here have designated "indoor recess" days for dangerous air quality.