You Could Get A Ticket For Doing This On A Cold Morning
Now that Winter is here in Western New York, making sure your hop into a nice warm and toasty car could make you a criminal.
If you wake up early and start up your car to let it warm-up you are breaking the law.
According to New York State Law 1210. It is illegal for you to leave your car running and idling if it is unattended.
§ 1210. Unattended motor vehicle. (a) 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 vehicle, and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway, provided, however, the provision for removing the key from the vehicle shall not require the removal of keys hidden from sight about the vehicle for convenience or emergency.
Now there are some expectations. If your car has a remote starter, then you can warm it up and let it idle since the keys are not in the ignition. Also you can let your car run while you are clearing off the snow and ice since the car is not unattended.
While most times you will not get a ticket if you warm-up your car, if you do you could face a fine up to $150 per offense and you could face up to 15 days in jail.
Now, I grew up here in Western New York and lived here for over 30 years and never have I seen or heard of someone getting ticketed for warming up their car, but it is 2020 and anything can happen, so just be careful.
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