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Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 10:49 a.m. MST

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Capsaicin
Salt Lake City, UT

Here's an idea to limit drivers and pollution. First raise the driving limit to 18. Lots of European countries already have this and it will take a percentage of people off the roads. Second we need an "suv tax" on vehicles that weigh more than X lbs. Use the money gained from the tax on SUV's for subsidies on smaller vehicles. I don't understand the average SUV owner. They spend two or three times as much money feeding an SUV compared to owning a smaller vehicle. And what they're paying for besides a couple extra seats is more rubber, more plastic, and more metal. All that plastic metal and rubber take more energy to move around. Not to mention the increased pollution. Yes, I drive a compact that will get 35-42 on the highway depending on speed. No hypocrisy here.

joseywales
Park City, UT

What? SUV tax? I used to drive an SUV, and trust me, between the low gas mileage and high gas prices, you get "taxed" for sure. Besides, gas is already heavily taxed such that those who use more, pay more. No hypocrisy there. I paid 3-4 times more gas tax than the small car driver easily. That was MY choice, I'm not complaining, just stating how it is.

My 8 seat suv was also the "go to" vehicle for hauling kids to baseball games, dance comps, and we always drove on "couples date night" so we kept 2-3 extra cars off the roads by driving our "gas hog". I'll tell you what, if you want to drive a smaller car, do it. But, don't ask someone else to "subsidize" your vehicle. That's outrageous! I'll bet you voted for Obama. Where else would you get that entitlement attitude?

My2Cents
Taylorsville, UT

If we want to limit young drivers lets take their cars away from them too and make them walk to school, a form of phisical excercise we can call it. Clear the parking lots will have many positive affects on the environment, their health, and class room participation by being there, maybe even become educated.

Then there is a misconception on vehicle emission ratios which is proven false. First, persoanl vehicle emissions are irrelevant and don't pollute, but commercial use and vehicle over 1 ton do because they have lower emissions standards to reduce business cost and maintenance and fleets of vehicles. Business owners in the legislature exempt themselves from emission compliance, they have 2.5 million workers to pick on.

Then truth is emerging that alternative fuels and non gas electric vehicles do more to cause pollution than gas hogs and gas powered vehicles of all sizes in the hands of commuters. But you will never see that report again, its too controversial denying Obama his claim to alternative energy hoax and the news media would not dare to make our president look like an idiot.

Zoniezoobie
Mesa, AZ

Make your carpool lanes like Phoenix does, restricted only during rush hour, Mon-Fri 6am-9am and 3pm-7pm. The rest of the time, and all weekend, they are additional lanes, cross over the solid white line at anywhere, anytime, with no dashed-line exit and entrance points.

Utah's current carpool lanes tend to mimic Los Angeles, except without the double yellow lines, which nationwide mean do not cross. Utah's use of double white lines is somewhat confusing to drivers from other states.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It felt like I used up my entire 30 hour allotment yesterday in the snowstorm between SLC and Ogden.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Someone needs to feed the haze with exhaust gas for the rest of us to breath in.

Hmmm...
North Ogden, UT

Better yet, eliminate carpool lanes all together. They are inefficient; they cause bottlenecking in the other lanes impeding the flow of traffic (i.e. thank you shortening the North bound express lane a Layton mall; it helped traffic flow). They are unsafe; the congestion they cause in the other lanes increases the risk of everyone else (I imagine there have been more accident -proportionally - in the other lanes). Congestion in the other lanes adds to the air-pollution problem. They are costly because taxpayers still have to pay for them and it cost taxpayers extra to manage them. They don't pay for themselves. And can we stop pretending they encourage carpooling when anyone that is willing to pay can use them. They are an express lane in name only – call them what they really are - toll lanes (free to those who carpool).

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'EPA inventory shows Utah's sources of greenhouse gas' - By Amy Joi O'Donoghue - 02/05/13 - Published by the Deseret News

'WASHINGTON — The nation's power plants continue to be the single largest stationary source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to new information released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.'

*'Study says coal burning in Utah kills 202 a year' - AP - Published by DSNews - 10/19/10

JWB
Kaysville, UT

The liberal Californians need to stop the coal burning in Utah, but it does bring lots of money for Utahns. People or money? Californians or Utahns? Choices are so hard for federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

peter
Alpine, UT

Another suggestion is to make most, if not all, left turn lights flashing yellows when oncoming traffic is moving. Switch the flashing yellow to solid yellow before the light turns red. This would allow more traffic movement.

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