It’s Illegal in Michigan to Warm Up Your Car in Your Own Driveway

Here it is, a cold start into 2017 and people are getting tickets for warming up their cars…IN THEIR OWN DRIVEWAYS.

Is this a legitimate statewide-Michigan law? Or is it only enforced in certain state towns & cities?
According to the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code (R28-1458 & 257.676), you are in violation by “leaving a vehicle unattended on any street or any other place without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the ignition key.”

In other words, if you start your car with a key and leave it running, you’re breakin’ the law and could receive a civil infraction ticket if spotted by a keen-eyed officer….if you start your car with a remote-start, then you are NOT in violation.

The majority of us know it’s a bad idea to leave your car running while pumpin’ gas…and it’s understandably not a good idea to leave your car running in an establishment parking lot while you run inside for a few minutes…but evidently it’s not wise to warm up your car in your own driveway (unless it’s by remote). This law does protect you in public…but unless you live in a high-crime area, does it protect you in your own driveway?

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Is it one of those old laws that have become obsolete over the years or something that should remain in effect? It’s not just a law in Michigan but other states as well. So either buck up and take the freezing cold while you drive down the road or get yourself a remote-starter. Source: 99wfmk.com