As government grows, so do the number of laws that are passed and must be upheld. Many of them are considered strange by agencies who must enforce them, like local law enforcement.
In many cities it is now becoming illegal to start and warm your own car before you head off on a cold winters day. Roseville, Michigan is one of those municipalities, and in Roseville it’s now illegal to start your car and leave it running even on your own property, according to local police.
According to local citizens, the law hasn’t been frequently enforced there, but there are exceptions.
Consider Nick Taylor, who received a $128 ticket for leaving his car running in the morning to warm the engine, something nearly everyone in cold Northern states has done (myself included). Not only does this improve engine life, (if done for a short time) it also warms the defroster so you can safely see out your vehicle when it is -10 degrees.
Mr. Taylor posted his picture of this unusual ticket on Facebook. Police officers who wrote Taylor’s ticket described his car as “unattended.” Taylor stated he hadn’t been inside for “more than five minutes.”
Pardon Mr. Taylor’s language but we can all see why someone would be upset for receiving a ticket for this highly usual winter action. In his Facebook post, he typed,
“Let’s all take a moment to thank officer dipsh*t K. Keary for wasting the taxpayer’s money and giving me a ticket for warming up my car in my own d**n driveway.”
The local Chief of Police James Berlin said in his interview with Fox-8 News that leaving the car running with the keys in the ignition was a “public safety issue” — as if Mr. Taylor was somehow unable to watch his own car in his driveway.
The “crime” punishable by citations like the one issued to Nick Taylor are punishing a long standing and unavoidable action in cold areas, warming your car up. Michigan is one of the coldest states in the U.S. with a frigid extended winter season. Many in the area now argue that it is impossible to get to school/work in the morning without warming their cars. As a result, the law continues to face public scrutiny.
Taylor claims he will fight the ticket in court. We will see if he is able to persuade the judge regarding this ticket and the underlying issue.
Hypeline readers, what do you think? Is this a legitimate law, or are the police forced to enforce laws that have little legitimacy? Let us know.