June 4, 2018


Contends Clean Air Essential to Public Health


AUSTIN - Building on efforts to improve public health and healthcare outcomes throughout South Texas, State Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) announced his support of measures aimed at improving air quality throughout the state. 


"In Texas, we consistently get poor marks for air quality, which is a contributing factor to child asthma and respiratory ailments," said Guillen. "If we want better outcomes in healthcare, we need better air."

This summer, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is encouraging drivers to help keep the air across the state clean by properly maintaining and carefully operating their vehicles. As part of its "Drive Clean Texas" campaign, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching the "Live & Breathe Texas Road Tour." The tour will be making stops in cities throughout the state this summer in an effort to help educate motorists about vehicle pollution and to encourage cleaner driving. Vehicle pollution is particularly troublesome during the summer months, when high temperatures and slow winds create ideal conditions for the formation of ground-level ozone.  

In addition to driving less and carpooling, motorists can help reduce harmful emissions by ensuring that their vehicles are properly maintained and operated. Drivers should take care to ensure that their gas caps are securely tightened, that their tires are properly filled, that they are not driving at excessive speeds, and that they are not rapidly accelerating or braking. Texas has more than 20 million licensed vehicles, and several regions of the state are at risk of exceeding healthy levels of air pollutants.

"It is important for all motorists to take steps to reduce vehicle emissions, both for their own sake and for their fellow Texan," added Guillen. "In addition to harming residents of densely populated regions, contaminated air travels across the state and can affect residents of less-populated areas as well."

Drivers interested in learning more about Drive Clean Texas and the Live & Breathe Texas Road Tour can visit Tour dates and locations are still to be announced.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and