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With all of the cold weather we have experienced in January, it is not unusual for drivers to go out a few minutes early to warm up the car before heading to work. This is especially true if you don’t have a garage in which to park your car.

If you think it gets cold in the south, just imagine what it must feel like in Michigan. That’s why Taylor Trupiano, of Roseville, has to warm up his car on most winter mornings. But on a particular morning, he stepped out, started his car – of course leaving the keys in the ignition – and went back inside his house to finish getting ready for work.

When he returned to his car, which was parked in his own driveway, he was stunned to find a ticket on his windshield. Trupiano says, “I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it. I was furious when I saw it.”

“Every person warms up their car,” he said. “We live I Michigan!”

What, you may ask, could possibly be the problem with warming up your car in your own driveway? According to the officer who wrote the ticket, it was for leaving the keys in the ignition with the motor running and the vehicle unattended.

Trupiano says that the officer should have knocked on his door to let him know that there was a problem. Instead, Trupiano says that the officer wrote the ticket in a matter of 8 to 10 minutes while he was inside his home. The fine is $128.00.

There is no state law banning drivers from leaving their cars unattended, but there are city ordinances. The Roseville police chief says it is because the town has a problem with stolen cars. The chief says the police department will not apologize to Trupiano, and that he is furious that the young man posted the incident on Facebook.

Trupiano is scheduled to appear in court later this month. What do you think about this – is it a step too far by the police?

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