Air quality & health
Recent scientific research has drawn strong links between air pollution and adverse health, particularly in susceptible parts of the community which include children, the elderly and sick.
Common effects of air pollution include changes in heart and lung functions with increases in associated medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and heart disease. Air pollution also contains compounds which can affect the nervous system and are carcinogenic.
The former Standing Council on Environment and Water released the findings of a study into the effects of air pollution on children's respiratory health, The Australian Child Health and Air Pollution Study (ACHAPS). The aim of the study was to provide information for the revision of the Ambient Air Quality National Environment Protection Measure (AAQ NEPM).
The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is a database that provides information on the pollutants being emitted to air from a range of industrial, commercial, transport and household activities.
Some research has found that the adverse health effects of air pollution has a real cost to the community through increased hospital admissions and premature deaths.
The NPI also provides information on the types and amounts of certain pollutants and their impact on human health and the environment.
At present SA Police are authorised under the Road Traffic Act 1961 to observe and report vehicles for alleged breaches of the '10-second rule'. The SA Police use this rule as a basis for issuing defect notices on the spot. Contact SAPOL Traffic Watch on 131 444.