Idling in Your Car May Get You a Ticket

Village Board comes closer to an ordinance limiting occasions when motorists can sit in car with engine running.

Deerfield took a step closer to prohibiting excessive idling of motor vehicles Monday at its meeting when it asked the Sustainability Commission to further tweak possible legislation. 

The trustees heard a report from Sustainability Commission Chairman Matt Wylie and Jenny Maltas of the village staff suggesting a year of education before putting an ordinance in place. 

The proposal calls for an extensive education program for the community for a year. After that most people idling their vehicle for more than five minutes could receive a ticket. There would be exceptions for medical necessities, traffic jams, emergencies and either excessively high or low temperatures. 

felt education of citizens will have a positive effect. She has already seen improved behavior from some citizens waiting for people coming to their car for a ride. “At the high school people pull up as close as they can and turn their car off,” Rosenthal said. 

Some of the trustees were concerned about enforcement because of the number of exceptions like traffic jams and weather. Others expressed little patience for conditions they found intolerable. 

“Scholl buses from District 109 and the high school sit in parking lots for an hour and a half with the motor running,” Trustee said. “They are wasting precious resources and polluting the environment.” 

Oppenheim suggested talking to the schools. She wants them to control the buses.owns its buses while Deerfield School District 109 hires a bus service to transport its students. 

“They can control the contractors,” Trustee said of District 109 officials. He suggested the district take a firm stand to solve the problem. 

Like Oppenheim, Trustee , has little patience for the idling. He sees control of unnecessary vehicular emissions as a way for the Village to protect the environment and conserve energy. 

“This will improve fuel economy and get rid of some toxic chemicals,” Seiden said. “The biggest source of pollution in this area is traffic jams. This is the best way to clean up our air and use less fuel.” 

The Village Board tabled the matter at Rosenthal’s suggestion so the Sustainability Commission can put finishing touches on an education campaign and possible legislation. 

Osterman and York will be four-way stop 

In another matter, the Board voted to make the intersection of Robert York and Osterman Avenues a permanent four-way stop. 

Though a study by Gewalt Hamilton, a consulting firm specializing in traffic research, recommended there was insufficient activity to warrant the signs, a majority of board members felt it would make the area safer particularly for seniors living at One Deerfield Place. 

“People who live at One Deerfield Place are people we have heard from over the years who need to feel safe,” Rosenthal said. “This corner is an exception,” she added explaining why an exception to the study was appropriate.

aloha5 November 11, 2011 at 04:44 AM
District 109 and Olsen Bus Co. definitely need to do something about those idling buses! They sit for many many hours with their engines running at Maplewood Park....polluting the air for those at the playground and the surrounding homes where they situate their running motors right along the sides of the homes....along with the noise pollution they create!!! Why can't they just park the buses and not let them run forever!!!!
Daniel Krudop November 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM
I live down the block from Maplewood Park and several years ago, when the price of gasoline and diesel fuel first spiked to $4.00 a gallon, I contacted Olsen Bus and told them about those idling buses. I gave them the bus numbers and told them that if I heard any rumors that they were going to request a modification of their contract to account for increased fuel costs, I would be there to report how much fuel they wasted. Coincidentally, around the same time, I contacted the Deerfield Police Department about the same issue when I would regularly see squad cars parked over there with their engines idling.
NB November 11, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Well the buses and the police cars are still there and I would imagine that they and village owned equipment will be exempt from this. I don't have a problem with police cars being exempted, but for a change, it would be nice to see village equipment and the buses be more responsible.
Bringin' Down Briarwood November 14, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Really?!?!? Really?!?!? The village board is really wasting its/our time on this? Want to improve air quality and reduce emissions? Start developing a village plan that doesn't require a car everywhere you go? Hmmmm, sidewalks? There's a new idea. Bike paths? Oh, that's crazy. Storefronts with a group of shops that attract shoppers for more than ten minutes? Com' on!! How about a little creativity, gang?!?
Mara Meyer November 14, 2011 at 09:37 PM
There is very little creativity in this Board. The stop sign issue can easily be handled through a demand stop signal like on Deerfield Road. I guess the rest of us have to call the Trustees to complain about the other side of the issue - INCONVENIENCE!


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