When Taylor Trupiano left the engine of his car running, he didn’t expect to get a ticket. All he wanted to do was heat the car up in the chilly weather of Michigan, but he ended up paying a fine of $128 for it.
“I thought it was some kind of joke at first, and then I was thrown back by it. I was really surprised,” Trupiano said. “I was in and out in probably about seven to eight minutes. 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.”
As it turned out, Trupiano was fined for leaving the engine of his car running unattended, and even though this isn’t an illegal practice in this state, local ordinances have been established against it, which allow for the fine.
When the local police were questioned about the incident, they showed no sign of regret for charging the ticket. Police Chief of Roseville, James Berlin, said, ““We have five to 10 cars stolen this way every winter. It’s dangerous, and of course it drives everyone’s insurance rates up. It drives our crime rates up [too].”
The police has deemed the practice to be one of the main reasons for a rise in automobile thefts, further stating that it is the responsibility of the citizens to abide by the law. Berlin also suggested that, “common sense says you don’t leave your car running unattended.”
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