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COLD SHOCK: Warming up your car illegal!
WND.com ^ | January 10, 2014 | WND.com

Posted on 01/12/2014 4:35:45 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WASHINGTON – The recent nationwide cold snap isn’t just making Americans uncomfortable. It’s turning some into lawbreakers.

The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota.

Who knew it could be illegal to run back inside while your car is warming up in winter – in a practice sometimes called “puffing”?

Many Americans are getting first-hand experience this brutal winter with the latest manifestation of what some call the “Nanny State.”

The reason for such laws is usually linked with the increased threat of vehicles being stolen – and some of them carry hefty fines for enticing car thieves to commit their crimes. The laws are a little fuzzy on the newer technology of “auto-start” vehicles specifically designed for the comfort of their drivers and passengers.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Maryland; US: Minnesota; US: Ohio; US: South Carolina; US: Texas; US: West Virginia; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: automobiles; climatechange; enginewear; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; nannystate; pollution; puffing; theft; warmingupcar
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In Montana, it’s’ common to see vehicles left running outside resteraunts, particularly diesels.


101 posted on 01/12/2014 7:05:19 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Lmo56
Not sure - just know that there were a spate of car thefts [from driveways] in my community because people left their cars unattended. After the law - none in my area ...

So in your opinion the law is good because stupid people don't get their cars stolen? Since when is that a legit reason for any law - stupid or not.

102 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:10 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Fishing-guy

“If the police are driving around the neighborhood looking for tickets to write, then they have too much free time on their hands.”

Um, that’s what a large part of today’s LEOs are charged with doing. Citing as many violations as possible, with financial penalty, per shift is how they are judged by the leadership. Revenue generation, baby, revenue generation.

Stopping a robbery, a murder, or, serving the general interest of the public doesn’t generate dollars for the department.

Too much LEO aren’t all that different from the Sheriffs of Robin Hood’s time. They are there, first, to collect taxes. Protecting your life, property, and, rights are ancillary duties.


103 posted on 01/12/2014 7:52:36 PM PST by FAA
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To: tacticalogic
So may be driving to work in a cold car just to trade having cars stolen from the driveway at home for having them stolen in parking lots at work or the store?

No. You just suck it up ...

Get out to your car 10 minutes early, start your car, turn on your defrosters, and scrape yer windshields ...

Hop in your car, turn on the radio, and sip yer coffee [a must] until it is comfortable enough to drive ...

Deal with it !!!

104 posted on 01/12/2014 8:13:57 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In most of the Europe with the exception of Russia and Ukraine idling your vehicle is illegal.
BTW, they have special equipment in their cars by Hydronic and Webasto to heat cars up. Very handy for cold start.


105 posted on 01/12/2014 8:40:05 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Betcha the Auto Insurance Lobby greased the wheels on this law.


106 posted on 01/12/2014 10:02:21 PM PST by virgin (Don't screw with me.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Texas, Maryland, Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin, South Carolina – even some cities in Minnesota.
What's wrong with this picture?
107 posted on 01/12/2014 11:52:13 PM PST by lewislynn (What does the global movement and te Fairtax movement have in common? Disinformation)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The city of Toronto bans warming up cars for more than three minutes altogether, with or without a driver inside.

And how exactly would they determine the length of time that the car had been warming up?

Special Neighbor Rat Squads or something?

108 posted on 01/13/2014 4:52:06 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: rlmorel

Exactly where my thought process was going...


109 posted on 01/13/2014 7:08:05 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Fishing-guy

Here is your answer,

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.”


110 posted on 01/13/2014 7:19:11 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Tastes like Heaven, Burns like Hell! Mmmmmm. What is it?)
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To: Lmo56
Deal with it !!!

I live in the country. I'll sit in the kitchen and drink my coffee. The dogs will tell me if anyone is in the driveway long before they get to the house.

111 posted on 01/13/2014 7:40:14 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: basil; txhurl
The shocking news of state and local regulations that make it illegal to warm up your frozen car is hitting home in Texas,

Nanny state ping. I did this last week Sunday when we had that cold snap.

112 posted on 01/13/2014 7:53:48 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I haven’t had much trouble with my car freezing—it’s kept in the garage, and if the streets are icy, I can’t get down the steep grade of the driveway to the street out front, so I pretty much stay at home on those rare days when we have icy conditions.


113 posted on 01/13/2014 8:03:13 AM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

My pickup stays in the driveway, and has had a frosted windshield several times this winter. I doubt the local PD ever worries about this stuff.


114 posted on 01/13/2014 8:15:15 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Time to require women to wear burkas! We wouldn’t want to entice rapists....


115 posted on 01/13/2014 9:47:03 AM PST by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Back in the early 70s my Dad had his car stolen while it was warming up.

Flash forward 25 years later Dads out on the lake fishing 200 miles away with his friend from the local small town. Dad tells the guy about the time his car was stolen and his buddy says " Was it a blue Chevy?"

Turns out it was the same guy. He apologized up and down explaining he was a dumb kid who was walking by freezing his tail off and lo and behold there was a nice warm ride and no one looking and he just couldn't resist.

Dad forgave him and they had a good laugh at what a small world it was.

116 posted on 01/13/2014 10:18:15 AM PST by Manic_Episode (Some d..ays...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: PistolPaknMama

The concept of commercial liability ONLY. It applies to everything.


117 posted on 01/13/2014 2:00:07 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Revenue enhancement.

Let the vehicle be stolen by your next-door neighbor, caught on video and the cops won't even show up when you ask them to do so.

There's no revenue in property crimes. That's why they're not investigated.

it's all about: (1) control and; (2) money.

If there is something you do that in some small way makes your life better, you belong in jail.

118 posted on 01/13/2014 3:27:57 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: workerbee

In Maryland, sometime around 1970 or ‘71, I got a ticket for doing exactly that. I forgot how much, but if was a lot.


119 posted on 01/13/2014 3:33:55 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: savedbygrace

Thanks, that’s the first firsthand account I’ve heard. And sadly I’m NOT surprised it was my home state! (even 40+ years ago!)


120 posted on 01/13/2014 4:08:18 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No puffer rule!


121 posted on 01/13/2014 6:17:59 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: South40

“Automatic puffer” Gotta be careful if your neighbor detiorates.


122 posted on 01/13/2014 6:19:33 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If you run inside, your car will not be there when you come out.

Luckily, I don’t have to warm my car.


123 posted on 01/13/2014 6:23:22 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: F15Eagle
There are frozen cars in Texas?

The last time I was in Texas (Dallas) it was 18° and windy. The locks on my rental car were frozen.

I'm surprised to see this nanny-state BS is happening in the great state of Texas, with its far-right conservative governor and all. /s

124 posted on 02/20/2014 3:26:30 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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