Did you know in Ohio you can get a ticket for this???

@nelly5 (1425)
United States
December 5, 2007 11:37am CST
I had to share this with all of you fellow mylotters. I heard something on the news last night that I found rather interesting. Did you know that it is illegal in Ohio to let your car run while it is unattended. This was on the Toledo news last night and even showed an officer talking with a man and telling him, "I can write you a ticket right now and fine you in the amount of $25.00 for leaving your car unattended while running." I find this crazy, but I guess if that is the law, we have to freeze while we sit in our car while it warms up...dress warm everyone. =) Oh, if you have a remote car starter, it is okay, it is just illegal to leave the keys in it and have it running, unattended. So I wonder, what if you have two sets of keys, have one set in the car and lock the doors and use the other set to get into the car...humm, I guess I am glad I don't live in the city..lol.
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
5 Dec 07
That really doesn't make sense to me either. Can they give you a ticket if it is running on your own property? If so, I would be getting lots of tickets. I go out and start my truck and leave it running for about 10 minutes before I get back in. It is the easiest way to defrost it and warm it up. I would think that they would have better things to do than ticket people for lettng their cars run while unattended.
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
5 Dec 07
Well I know in this small town where I live, the cops don't bother with it, in fact I am sure that some of them don't even know that it is a law. I am a part-time police officer and I didn't know that it was a law. I believe for the most part, bigger cities may have bigger problem with this, because of car theft. Thanks for the post, have a great day/night.
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
6 Dec 07
OMG~ Mooche those are soo funny. I am a vagrant too because I never have any money on me. I guess it doesn't matter if you have credit cards or not, huh! I guess I will have to stop fishing while sitting on a giraffs neck too!
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
5 Dec 07
It is crazy isn't it? I live in Ohio and that is the first I had heard of it. It is amazing what stupid laws are in the books. I wish they would spend more time on important things instead of trying to figure out how they can make more money, by passing stupid laws.
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
6 Dec 07
Well actually I believe that a lot of these odd laws, have been laws for ages...maybe it is that some are just looking for ways to write more tickets, so they are looking into what laws we have that are not enforced, hummm, I don't know...just strange. lol Thanks for the response. Have a great day/night.
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
5 Dec 07
That is odd...I mean if you leave your car unattended and running and some one steals it it's your own problem so why does there need to be a law about it. I know the big one that's had people talking here is the $115 fine for anything hanging from the rearview mirror. I understand the reasoning behind it since things could obscure visibility but what about those air fresheners that are designed to hang off mirrors. Why can places sell them if they would be illegal too...not to mention that $115 seems like a pretty steep fine for that considering all the other stupid things people do while driving. AND if police are spending all their time writing tickets to people over something hanging of the mirror or leaving their cars running aren't their a lot more serious offenses being missed?
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
5 Dec 07
Yes, it is an odd law. I do understand having an issue with it in bigger cities because of car theft..but then again, that should be the owners responsibilty. But I guess if it is stolen, the cops do have to deal with another stolen car case. I didn't know someone could get $115 fine for having something hanging from their rear view mirror. I did know that the law doesn't want you to have things hanging from your mirror but I didn't know there was a fine you could get. Thanks for the post, have a great day/night.
• United States
5 Dec 07
I know it's illeagal to leave it running while you run into a store for a paper and your morning cup of coffee. But you can leave it running in driveway or in a complex parking lot, but not outside the bank while you run in to use the ATM. At least it's illegal in NJ.
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@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
5 Dec 07
Humm, thanks for the information. It is an intersting law. I can understanding it being a law in a bigger city because of car theft. Thanks for the post. Have a great day/night.
@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
15 Dec 07
Yes it was a law in WA as well due to all the car theft. People would leave there car running run back in the house in the morning and come out and there car would be gone.