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Is It Illegal in Michigan to Warm Up Your Car in Your Own Driveway?

Screenshot courtesy of TAMMEY M-13, youtube
Screenshot courtesy of TAMMEY M-13, youtube

Here it is, a cold start into 2017 and people are getting tickets for warming up their cars…IN THEIR OWN DRIVEWAYS.

Is this a legitimate statewide-Michigan law? Or is it only enforced in certain state towns & cities?

TO READ THE CBS NEWS ARTICLE THAT STARTED ALL THE TALK, CLICK HERE.

According to former police chief Edward Harris on patch.com, the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code R28-1458 & 257.676 prohibits “leaving a vehicle unattended on any street or any other place without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the ignition key. This provision does not apply to a vehicle that was manufactured with an ignition system that does not have a key and that is incapable of being locked. That being said, I think that a person who has a remote-start system on his or her vehicle where a key is not necessary would not be in violation. Anyone who starts their vehicle manually, with a key, and then leaves the key in the vehicle while it is running would be in violation and subject to a civil infraction ticket.”

So it vaguely sounds like you could get a citation for letting your car run unattended in your driveway…and some people have.

The majority of us know it’s a bad idea to leave your car running while pumpin’ gas…and it’s understandably not a good idea to leave your car running in an establishment parking lot while you run inside for a few minutes…but evidently, in some areas it’s not wise to warm up your car in your own driveway (unless it’s by remote).

Is it a regulation that has become obsolete over the years or something that should remain in effect? It appears to happen in other states as well.

Fair? Unfair? Outdated? Necessary? I’m playing devil’s advocate…I’m looking for answers.
Let me know.

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