In Michigan, Nick Taylor left his vehicle running to warm up for several minutes before leaving home, He came out to find a ticket on his car while it was idling in his driveway
It was a $128 ticket on his windshield.
“I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it,” Taylor told WXYZ.
He then stated that the practice was normal in Michigan because of the cold.
“I was in and out in probably 7-8 minutes,” added Taylor. “So in that amount of time he ran up here, gave me a ticket and by the time I got out he was nowhere to be seen.”
The ticket read: “Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running — no one around,”
Taylor thought the ticket was Facebook worth and when he posted it, the post received a large number of comments. But the police defended the decision to issue it.
“We have five to ten cars stolen this way every winter,” Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told WXYZ. “It’s dangerous and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up.”
He added that Taylor should have known better.
“It’s common sense. We can’t warn everybody of the law there is. Common sense says you don’t leave your car running unattended,” he added.
Taylor is scheduled to appear in court over the incident later in January. But there is no sign he is ready to accept the ticket.
“Every person warms up their car,” Taylor told WDIV. “We live in Michigan!”