Study finds Utahns drive more on bad air alert days

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  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Asking people drive less is pointless. Most people still have to go to work and most people will not use mass transit because it is inconvenient.

    It would be better if the state could work with businesses on convincing telecommuting with there employees and offering free fares on mass transit during the winter.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 15, 2013 4:44 a.m.

    The way the bad air days are reported and valley wide endangerment scare tactics are forcing people to leave the valley but I think the numbers are very small but a noticeable count over time.

    Perhaps they should modify the way bad air days are reported to the public so people aren't put in a panic and think they have to drive to get away from it. Reporting should be more specific, like the I-15 corridor which is a very noticeable river of pollution during inversions. They average the measurement valley wide to minimize the effects of the freeway traffic and road pollution on I-15 to minimize state accountability and the true source of the valley pollution.

    Installing monitors 10-20 miles from the I-15 industrial corridor then average the measurements creates a false report that is a real testament of the real dangers of the I-15 corridor river of highly toxic air mass.

    We can look forward to this winter as showing an increased pollution becasue the governor and councils have been concentrating all new development along I-15 to feed TRAX and UTA with ridership rather than be concerned about salt/air pollution.