Encinitas school district announces idle-free zones


Parents waiting to pick up their kids from Encinitas Union School District campuses are being asked to cut their engines.

The district recently announced idle-free zones over social media, with fliers and by posting signs in front of schools.

In explaining the purpose, the district stated idling tailpipes emit pollutants like carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide, which are harmful for the environment and health.

“These pollutants are linked to asthma, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and cancer,” a district flier states. “Children are especially vulnerable.”

The flier goes on to say that restarting a car burns less fuel than idling. Further, idling for 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

Schools nationwide have adopted idle-free zones to cut down on pollution.