Number of the Day: 3 minutes

February 7, 2013 | Number of The Day

It doesn’t count if it’s a very cold winter morning or you’re forced to stop in traffic, but New Jersey law prohibits cars from idling more than 3 minutes.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is on a campaign to warn residents that excessive idling — which releases air contaminants and wastes fuel — could lead to a summons ranging from $250 to $1,000. If a vehicle is warming up when the temperature is below 25 degrees, idling is permitted for up to 15 minutes.

The DEP distributed a total of $110,000 to nine counties for outreach and education about the idling regulations and idling’s negative impact on air quality.

Counties awarded anti-idling grants include: Camden ($24,480); Union ($16,433); Middlesex ($12,374); Hudson ($10,000); Sussex ($10,000); Warren ($9,900); Mercer ($9,862); and Passaic ($7,920). Atlantic City, representing Atlantic County, also was issued a grant for $8,005.