Did you know? It's illegal to idle - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Did you know? It's illegal to idle

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last week, two Jackson residents were ticketed for a law few people knew existed. 

They were fined for idling their cars when they weren't in them.

"So while some people may look at this as something that's frivolous, it can turn very tragic," said Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance. "It's a habit they get into.  There are people lurking around parking lots, convenience stores; people who drive through neighborhoods that actually look for motors running and doors unlocked."

Chief  Vance says the idling law, that has been on the books since 1962, can be enforced at the officer's discretion. People are often warned about idling, but not often ticketed.

Police say the law protects the car owner and anyone around it.

"Slip out of gear, someone may get in it playing, children left inside may be big enough to knock it out of gear; there are a lot of things that could happen," added Vance.

Many residents were surprised when they heard it was illegal to idle.

"I don't think it's a good law," said Jackson resident Dana Domino. "It really don't make sense. How you gonna warm your car up?"

Police say they plan to keep enforcing it, especially when children are left alone in cars still running.

"We should keep in mind some recent history," said Vance. "A year or so ago we had about three incidents where vehicles were left unlocked, with the motor running and thieves jumped into these vehicles and drove off."

For those people caught idling their cars, cost of a ticket is pretty steep. Jackson police say the fine for that is $169.00.

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