Chilly Justice: Man Ticketed for Warming Up Car Loses Case | NBC Chicago

Chilly Justice: Man Ticketed for Warming Up Car Loses Case

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    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)

    Warming up your car in the driveway might be a Michigan winter tradition, but a judge says it's not legal in a Detroit suburb if no one's behind the wheel.

    Nick Taylor challenged a $125 ticket in court Thursday and lost. His lawyer, Nicholas Somberg, says a Roseville ordinance against unattended running vehicles shouldn't apply to driveways. 

    But Judge Marco Santia says the law is in the public interest. 

    Taylor got attention in January when he posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook. The post was shared more than 6,000 times and garnered more than 5,000 comments. 

    Roseville Police Chief James Berlin has defended the ticket. He says a thief could have stolen Taylor's car.

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