It's such a public safety issue that the officer chose to issue a ticket, while not actually doing anything to resolve said public safety issue. Like, say, walk up to the door of the house which belongs to the driveway the car is parked in and knocking and letting the person know his car is unsafe? Issue a ticket if you want, but if you don't also resolve the supposed safety issue, then it's not really about safety. It's about collecting fines. I suppose it would be one thing if the car is parked on a street, or in a parking lot (the real focus of laws like this btw, since that's where most of the thefts occur, and where the need to leave the car running unattended is lowest), but when it's parked in someone's driveway and thus you should have a pretty darn good idea who's house the car belongs too? That is kind of a dipsh
it move IMO.
The person who got the ticket called the officer a "dip****" on facebook after finding it. So what does the police chief do? Takes the high road, of course...
Berlin said he's not tearing up the ticket. He's angry about the name calling.
"You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?" Berlin said. "Drop dead."
I've only been driving for something like... 18 years in Michigan. And turning on my car every morning to heat it up and melt the ice before driving to work has been the routine for the last 12 or 13 of them.
Yeah. I'm not sure what they expect people to do otherwise. Just seems like a cheap and easy way to pad the departments funding with some fines. You could probably do a sweep of any residential neighborhood between about 7-9 AM and toss as many of these tickets on car windows as you wanted.
Again, the intent of those laws is to try to reduce the amount of police effort and expense dealing with cars stolen in parking lots because their owners left them running with the keys in them "just for a minute while I ran into the store to get a paper", or some such nonsense. I honestly have no clue why people do that, but I've personally seen it done probably hundreds of times (work in a convenience store with gas and you'll see this constantly), and have seen several cars stolen because of it. So I get why the police get frustrated at this, and I get why they support laws like this. But to use that in a residential zone, and in someone's driveway? Seems like a huge stretch and a ridiculous interpretation of the letter of the law.