I would like to express a concern that has troubled me since I moved to Payson. We have the cleanest air of any place that I have ever been.
How long can it last? Most people are aware that an automotive engine, by design, runs inefficiently at idle. That is to say they pollute the air when they are under load at low RPM (i.e. idling in gear).
My concern goes to the number of drive-through conveniences we offer in Payson.
All fast food restaurants, banks, and one pharmacy offer drive-through service. In larger communities the coffee shops, liquor stores and tobacco shops also have drive-through service. These areas (the Valley) have terrible air quality problems.
I may be off base here, but my observation of people that frequent drive-throughs are that they are driving the biggest gas guzzlers available and they are, themselves, completely out of shape due to lack of exercise and eating 1,500 calorie meals. Having been a smog certified mechanic since 1984, I have seen what simple steps can do to either improve air quality or keep clean air from being polluted. If a person has a handicap placard or license plate then they should use drive-throughs, but for the able-bodied — park your vehicle, turn off the engine, walk into the building, and interact with another human being instead of a speaker and microphone.
I would like to see a movement to curtail the use of drive-through “any thing” in the greater Payson area. I would also like to see something done about the many diesel pickup trucks that are running so rich that when they leave a traffic light the cloud of black smoke is visually impenetrable for a long period of time.