2008-01-31 / Other News

New Posters Spotlight The Danger Of Idle Bus Fumes

By Neil S. Friedman

By Neil S. Friedman

P.S. 276's Jonathan Straughn (left) was one of local school principals  who was recently presented a poster by Assemblyman Alan Maisel.P.S. 276's Jonathan Straughn (left) was one of local school principals who was recently presented a poster by Assemblyman Alan Maisel. With childhood asthma identified as one of the city's most pressing health issues, State Assemblyman Alan Mai-sel recently distributed posters to sixteen public and private schools in his district to remind drivers to shut off school bus engines when parked near a school.

According to the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation, more than 50,000 city school-age children suffer from the breathing malady. Of the 1.6 million victims of the disease statewide, nearly one-third are children.

Maisel said, "No-idling policies costs nothing and would reduce asthma triggers from diesel bus fumes that send thousands of our school children to emergency schools annually."

The two-term assemblyman added, "These posters will help educate our bus drivers that by leaving their engines on when waiting to pickup children, they cause tremendous harm. They also get the vital message out that diesel bus fumes are hurting our children."

The following are the schools that got the posters: P.S. 114, Holy Family School, P.S. 115, Mary Queen of Heaven School, P.S. 203, Our Lady of Miracles School, P.S. 207, Saint Bernard's School, P.S. 222, Saint Jude School, P.S. 236, Brooklyn Amity School, P.S. 272, P.S. 276, P.S. 277 and P.S. 312.

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