While idling in traffic on Interstate 4, what comes to mind first is probably the annoyance of being stuck in a jam or being late. What many daily commuters may not think about is the environmental impact of their car’s emissions.
Governor Charlie Crist has proclaimed May Clean Air Month. In support of this proclamation, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are partnering to educate Florida drivers, residents, businesses and visitors about environmentally friendly practices to help protect Florida’s air quality.
“By monitoring air quality, promoting pollution prevention, administering pollution controls and coordinating with local, state and federal clean air programs, we strive to ensure that Florida’s air quality is among the cleanest in the nation,” DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole said.
One step commuters can take to help protect air quality and lower emissions is to plan ahead. FDOT and DEP recommend calling 511 before driving. 511 is FDOT’s free Travel Information System that provides drivers up-to-the-minute roadway information on all Florida interstate highways and major metropolitan roadways. Using 511 helps drivers avoid congested roadways and reduces vehicle emissions by minimizing idling. The free resource is available from a landline or cell phone, by dialing 511, or on the Web at www.FL511.com.
To view the Governor’s Clean Air Month proclamation, visit www.dep.state.fl.us.