Feel that nip in the air? Thinking of letting your car warm up while you get ready for the day? You might want to plan differently.
Northeastern Regional Police reminded residents on its Facebook page Friday that it’s illegal in Pennsylvania to leave your car unattended while running.
Chapter 37 of the state vehicle code section 3701 states, “No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit the vehicle to stand unattended without placing the gear shift lever in a position which under the circumstances impedes the movement of the vehicle, stopping the engine, locking the ignition in vehicles so equipped, removing the key from the ignition and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway and effectively setting the brake,” according to the Facebook post.
The department sees many people leaving their cars running so they warm up or leave it running while getting coffee at a gas station. ”
Not only is this practice illegal, but unfortunately this is a good way to have your vehicle stolen. Car thieves love this time of year and we see an increase of stolen vehicles in cold weather. Locking your vehicle while its running will not deter thieves, when all they have to do is break a window,” police said.
The lesson? Just don’t leave it running. Turn your car off, police said, and save yourself a fine, or worse.