ROSEVILLE, Mich. — A Michigan man was fined $125 for warming up his car in his own driveway.
Warming up your car in the driveway might be a Michigan winter tradition, but a judge says it’s not legal in a Detroit suburb if no one’s behind the wheel, reports the Toledo Blade.
Nick Taylor challenged a $125 ticket in court Thursday and lost. His lawyer, Nicholas Somberg, says a Roseville ordinance against unattended running vehicles shouldn’t apply to driveways.
But Judge Marco Santia says the law is in the public interest.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Trupiano posted an image of the fine online, along with the caption: ‘Let’s all take a moment to thank officer dips**t K. Keary for wasting the taxpayer’s money and giving me a ticket for warming up my car in my own damn driveway.’
The DJ and Best Buy salesman said Keary should have knocked on his door an alerted him, rather than issuing the fine and leaving without saying anything.
He added: ‘I was furious when I saw it. Every person warms up their car. We live in Michigan!’
Taylor got attention in January when he posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook. The post was shared more than 6,000 times and garnered more than 5,000 comments.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin has defended the ticket. He says a thief could have stolen Taylor’s car.
The Ohio Revised Code reads:
No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the parking brake, and, when the motor vehicle is standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.
There are similar “no idling “laws on the books in Kentucky, Washington and Indiana.