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Michigan Man Gets $128 Ticket For Warming Car in Driveway: Report



    Man Ticketed for Leaving Car Running in His Own Driveway

    A Michigan man is upset about a traffic ticket he received. He started his car in his driveway to warm it up and went inside for five minutes. When he went back outside, he had received a ticket that read "motor vehicle unattended". Police said the key component of the case is whether the key is in the car.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017)

    A southeastern Michigan man is feuding with the local police department after receiving a $128 ticket Tuesday for warming up his car in the driveway of his home.

    Nick Taylor, of Roseville, left an insulting and defiant message on his Facebook page for the officer who wrote him the ticket, Click on Detroit reports.

    “Every person warms up their car,” Taylor said. “We live in Michigan!”

    Taylor told the news outlet he was “furious” when he saw the ticket.

    "Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running—no one around," the Roseville officer wrote on the ticket.

    Taylor said the officer never knocked on his door to notify him of a problem.

    "That would have been respectful," Taylor said. "I had no clue that this was a law, an ordinance."

    It’s legal to use a remote starter in Roseville but illegal to leave a key in the car unattended, Click on Detroit Reports.

    "You're putting the public at risk," Roseville police Chief James Berlin told the TV station. "This is purely a public safety issue."

    Berlin said he would not dismiss the ticket because of the “disparaging comments” Taylor made about the officer who issued the ticket.

    Taylor has a court date later this month.