Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Warming Car Ahead could Lead to Fine and Theft

As freezing temperatures overtake much of the U.S., many drivers will consider warming their car up ahead of time. But depending on where you do it, some may be surprised to learn that it is against the law in certain states.

Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin all prohibit leaving keys in a car while the engine is running. Some states impose fines as much as $500 for doing so. Colorado has a law against “puffing” (which refers to the puffs of exhaust from the tailpipe of an idling vehicle) with fines of up to $100. In Minnesota, both Minneapolis and St. Paul police could cite a driver for leaving the keys in the ignition unattended. St. Paul police can go one step further by taking the car keys to a local police station.



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