A Michigan man's $125 car-warming ticket for leaving his car idling in his driveway in January will stand after the man challenged the ticket and lost in court Thursday.
In Detroit, it's illegal to leave your car running with no one behind the wheel.
A lawyer for car-warmer Nick Taylor argued warming up one’s car unattended shouldn’t be considered illegal if the car is sitting in the driveway, CBS Detroit reported.
Taylor posted an imaage of his $125 ticket on Facebook when he got it in January. The post had more than 6,000 shares and 5,000 comments.
“Let’s all take a moment to thank officer dips— K. Keary for wasting the taxpayer’s money and giving me a ticket for warming up my car in my own damn driveway,” Taylor wrote in the post.
According to CBS Detroit, Taylor said he only left the car "a few minutes" to drop off diapiers for his girlfriend, but Roseville Police Chief James Berlin defended the ticket by arguing Taylor's car could've been stolen while it idled.
Ohio, Kentucky, Washington, and Indiana have similar "no idling" laws.
The judge’s decision to uphold the $125 ticket comes just three weeks after a Michigan lawmaker proposed a bill that if passed would enable residents to warm up their vehicles in their own driveway, CBS Detroit noted.
The proposed bill is still awaiting voting, though.
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