COLUMBUS (WCMH) — With the bitter cold temperatures upon us many people are looking for ways to stay warm.
You might be tempted to warm your car up while you’re staying warm inside your home. If you are doing that on a public street, you might find a ticket when you get back.
In Ohio, it is actually illegal to let your car warm up with the keys in it and left unattended on a public street.
The idea behind the law is to prevent car thefts. According to Columbus Police you can receive a parking violation for doing this.
The ticket will run you $47 in Columbus. In addition your car could also be towed.
One option that allows you to warm up your car without leaving your keys in the ignition is the use of a remote car starter as long as the car remains attended.
There are a wide variety of remote car starters on the market.
You can actually purchase a service that allows you to start your vehicle with an app on your smartphone.