Is This Worth A $128 Fine?

Is This Worth A $128 Fine?

I think this is stupid, but I’d like to hear your take.

According to this, a Michigan man named Nick Taylor started his car to warm it up (because it’s January and it’s colder than crap out there and driving in the winter sucks enough without having to drive around in a glorified ice cube) before heading over to his girlfriend’s house to drop off diapers for her young son. He left the car unattended for a few minutes, but when he got back to a nice and toasty car interior, he discovered that a $128 ticket had been left under his windshield wipers for leaving his car running IN HIS OWN DRIVEWAY –

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The police chief said that the department encourage such ticket-writing, because someone could have taken off with Taylor’s car and they would have had a high-speed chase on their hands. Which… okay, that’s a thing then. Taylor has said that he’s going to fight the ticket in court (though he did apologize for the harsh language directed at the officer).

But penalizing a guy for warming up his car before he goes to run an errand? In the middle of winter? People warm up their cars in the winter ALL THE TIME. At least, we did when I was little. Mom would start the car in the morning while we were getting ready for school, scrape off the ice and brush off any snow that had fallen during the night (we didn’t have a garage when I was growing up). By the time we were ready to go, the car was warm enough that we weren’t freezing our little tushies off on the slick fake leather of the SUV.

Government intervention has come a long way since I was a kid. Goodness knows what driving my kids to school in the depths of winter is going to be like.

What do you think? Was this worth giving a guy a $128 fine? Or were the police justified?

Discuss.

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