Chilly justice: Man ticketed for warming up car loses case

A US motorist wanted warm feet when he got into his car. He got a $179 fine instead.
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A US motorist wanted warm feet when he got into his car. He got a $179 fine instead.

Warming up your car in the driveway might be a US winter tradition, but a judge says it's not legal in a Detroit suburb if no one's behind the wheel.

Nick Taylor challenged a US$125 (NZ$179) ticket in court on Thursday (Friday NZT) and lost. His lawyer, Nicholas Somberg, said an ordinance against unattended running vehicles shouldn't apply to driveways.

But judge Marco Santia said the law was in the public interest.

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Taylor got attention in January when he posted a photo of the ticket on Facebook. The post was shared more than 6000 times and garnered more than 5000 comments.

Roseville Police Chief James Berlin defended the ticket. He said a thief could have stolen Taylor's car.

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 - AP

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