Each summer, the Spare The Air campaign educates Sacramento-area residents about the health effects of air pollution and asks people to drive less when a Spare The Air alert is issued.
Lori Kobza, spokewoman for Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, said it is important to know the health effects of pollution. "During the summer smog season, which is what we're gearing up for, it's important for residents to be aware of ozone levels," notes Kobza. She was referring to the amount of smog in air around Sacramento during the summer months, "so (people) can take steps to reduce their exposure."
Traffic jams up on the Capitol City Freeway on Monday afternoon. Photo by Tim Lantz, KFBK
Kobza said residents in Sacramento region should start by downloading the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app. Users get the daily air quality forecast and current air pollution readings, as well as "Spare The Air" alerts. Those alerts are a reminder for you reduce the amount of miles you drive to help limit the amount pollutants in the air we all breath.