Ordinance against warming up car unattended?

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  1. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

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    Got a local Facebook post going viral, guy got ticket for leaving car running unattended in his driveway.

    Thought I had heard of that before, supposedly no state law against it in MI according to the Facebook Illuminati.

    You guys have anything like that? Assuming it may be local to northern cities where cold winter mornings and car theft are not uncommon.

    Randy

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    Didn't know you couldn't leave a car running on your own property. I did read something recently that it isn't good for your car to "warm it up" though.
     

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    Might have been a Detroit ordinance, going to try googling that...

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    Here I believe it is a city law and may vary depending on the city.

    I think Minneapolis is three minutes then ticket. Leaving your keys in an unattended car is a ticket also.
     
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    I think it depends on city/state. IIRC it's illegal to leave your unoccupied vehicle running while going into a store in NJ, I can see the greeny types passing a law like that.
     
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    It's the law here in KC. There were so many car thefts from cars warming up, keys in ignition, and got stolen that the city passed the law. I'm not exactly sure when they actually will ticket for it
     
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    I've been told with auto trannies, the AT fluid is heated thru the radiator and circulates to the cold transmission and is best to allow it to warm up with the engine.
     
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    So do vehicles with remote start not apply since keys are not left in vehicle?
     
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    Not only that, but with at least one car, whether the keys are inside or not you can not drive away when remote start is activated. You must turn the car off, then restart the car using the push button start.
     
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    It's not about being green by not allowing a vehicle to idle. What happens when someone jumps in it and steals it? That can cause death or serious injury when the police try to stop the car later on down the line. It drives me nuts to see people leave their keys in the ignition running in to 7-11
     
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    I'm in Lansing and they definitely have an ordinance against it. I have been ticketed for this in the past even though the doors were locked.
     
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    No state law in MI, varies by city as far as I can see.
     
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    I wonder if one could be issued a ticket if the car was running unattended on your personal private property, or just on "public" property such as a convenience store parking lot in the hood at 1330. What about warming up in your personal private garage, with an exhaust fan to remove the exhaust fumes, of course?
     
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    I do believe a search warrant would be necessary to enter the garage in that case. Though with the dangers involved with leaving cars running in the garage, unless you had an obvious exhaust fan(that was clearly on and working), my guess is LE probably would have exigent circumstances to enter both the garage and your home in order to make sure you are ok. That being said, I'm not a lawyer or police officer.

    If I'm wrong please correct me.
     
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    [​IMG]

    This might apply but I doubt it covers private property like a driveway.

    Randy
     
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    Certainly seems reasonable to me.
     
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    CA had a law preventing you from idling more than 10 minutes whether you were in your car or not. It was a global warming law
     
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    Charlotte has a city ordinance about it. It is because of all the stolen cars due to keaving them idling.