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Area residents are being encouraged to reduce the time they spend idling in their vehicles during the city’s Idle Free Week, which starts Sunday.

OGDEN — Area residents are being encouraged to reduce the time they spend idling in their vehicles during the city’s Idle Free Week, which starts Sunday.

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“Cutting back on idling can save you money and wear and tear on your engine,” Brian Bennion, executive director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department, said in a statement. “We hope that Idle-Free Week will be a time when people reflect on the amount of time they leave their car running and try their hand at developing some new habits that will help improve our environment.”

During the week, the Ogden Board of Education will be recognizing schools that have taken a proactive approach to reduce idling, and students at Weber State University will be handing out goodies and gentle reminders to fellow classmates in campus parking lots.

According to the city, reducing idling and choosing to carpool, walk, bike or simply combine errands with regular commutes, allows individual drivers to minimize their contribution to air pollution.