Michigan legislators introduce 'warming up car' bill after man ticketed

Bill aims to legalize leaving unattended running car in your driveway


LANSING, Mich. – Legislation advancing in Michigan aims to let residents legally leave a vehicle running unattended on private property.

The bill, approved 77-30 by the House Tuesday, was proposed after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up. 

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A state rules requires people to stop the engine and remove the ignition key before letting a vehicle stand unattended.

The bill would keep the prohibition in place only for vehicles parked on public streets.

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