Man Receives $128 Ticket For Warming His Car Up In His Own Driveway
One Michigan driver was incredibly angry when he found a $128 ticket on his car while warming it up in his driveway. Taylor Trupiano who lives in Roseville, Michigan went outside to start his car on a freezing morning, and then returned inside to let the car warm up for a few moments. When he returned outside, he found a ticket on his windshield.
Officer K. Keary who wrote the ticket for Trupiano says you can't leave your keys in the ignition with the motor running if you're not in the car itself. However, Trupiano claims that it's a well known habit of plenty of people who live in the cold state.
He told ABC 7,
'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. We live in Michigan!'Advertisement
'I was in and out in probably about 7-8 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.'
Trupiano shared the ticket to Facebook and it was shared thousands of times, with people leaving nasty comments on the post. According to officers, there is no state law in Michigan against leaving a car running, unattended.
But, Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told news reporters that this is a way that many drivers get their cars stolen.
'We have five to ten 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.'
Berlin also said that what Trupiano wrote on Facebook was horrible and they will not retract the ticket nor apologize.
Trupiano is scheduled to appear in court later this month.