Driver Fined $128 for Car Running in Driveway Vows Appeal

Taylor Trupiano (Screenshot from WXZY video)

It's certainly not the case of the century, but it's an interesting legal fight.

A Roseville man vows to appeal a judge's ruling ordering him to pay a fine after being ticketed for letting his unattended vehicle idle in the driveway of his home last winter, the Macomb Daily reports. He doesn't believe the ordinance applies to private driveways. 

Mitch Hotts of The Macomb Daily reports: 

Taylor Trupiano let his 1997 Chrysler Concorde warm up in the driveway of his Waldorf Street home so that his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son wouldn’t be uncomfortable in the 5-degree weather this past January as they waited inside the house.

When Trupiano came outside, however, he found a ticket on the windshield. He went to 39th District Court Thursday to contest the citation, but Judge Marco Santia sided with the officer who left the ticket. City prosecutor Timothy Tomlinson said the law against allowing homeowners to let their car engines run idle exists is a public safety issue.

“We have repeatedly seen in our city and other municipalities where there are specific thieves looking for vehicles left unattended,” Tomlinson said. “That’s what we are trying to avoid.”

Read more:  The Macomb Daily

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