MI man ticketed $128 for leaving auto running in driveway

Jan 13, 2017, 00:16
MI man ticketed $128 for leaving auto running in driveway

Instead of walking up to the door of the home or simply ignoring the very common sight of a auto warming in a driveway, the officer left a pricey ticket on Taylor's windshield for leaving the vehicle unattended.

Taylor said he started his auto last Tuesday to warm it up in the cold weather and went inside for five minutes - and when he came back out his vehicle had been ticketed, Taylor told WDIV Local 4. The ticket was for leaving the keys in the ignition with the motor running and no one around.

"I encourage our officers to write this ticket", Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told CBS Detroit, citing auto theft as public safety concern.

"Every person warms up their vehicle", Nick Taylor said.

Taylor posted a picture of the ticket on his Facebook page and called the officer an insulting name.

"I was furious when I saw it", Taylor said.

WXYZ visited one Roseville neighborhood where several vehicles were running unattended in driveways.

Berlin said cars with remote-starters are different because they include safeguards against theft.

"You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?" Berlin said. "Drop dead".

"You're putting the public at risk", Berlin told the news station.

When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, who doesn't think twice about warming up their auto?

"That would have been respectful", Taylor said.

He said the issuance of the ticket was a waste of taxpayers' money.

"I did want to say that I would like to retract my statement calling the officer a dips-t". "I've done this every day for seven years", Taylor said, and I'm right there with him.

Though there is no MI state law that forbids drivers from leaving their cars turned on and unattended, some cities do have local ordinances. Every person warms up their auto.

Police departments refer to running cars left unattended as "puffers" and warn they are targets of theft.

Whether Taylor's Facebook post went viral or not, the man will have to wait to argue his case in court.

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