Warming your car in Kansas could cost you money

Posted at 3:16 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 18:59:37-05

We're all probably guilty of this at some point: Starting your car, leaving your key in the ignition and then leaving your car running to thaw out while you go back inside.

If you live in Kansas, you could be breaking the law and not even know it.

Police officers in Roeland Park are cracking down this winter. "In the coming weeks, officers will be cruising through neighborhoods looking for running cars," said Roeland Park Officer John DeMoss. Tickets will cost you about $125.

"Your car can be stolen in a matter of seconds. If you leave your car running and step inside to grab something, that's plenty of time for somebody to steal your vehicle," DeMoss said.

Remote starts are OK. As long as your keys are not in the ignition, officers say they won't ticket you.


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