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Insurance Institute: Running An Unattended Car Is Illegal

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A police officer investigates a car covered in snow.  (credit: John Tlumacki/Getty Images)

A police officer investigates a car covered in snow. (credit: John Tlumacki/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – The Ohio Insurance Institute sent out a press release to remind drivers that it is a violation of Ohio law to leave a car running while unattended.

The driver can be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of $150 for omitting to stop the engine, lock the ignition, and remove the keys. Only emergency vehicles are exempt.

The Ohio law goes on to state that the parking brake must be set and the wheels must be turned toward the curb.

The law does not exclude private property in its statute, so you can still be cited for leaving your car running in your driveway.

The Ohio Insurance Institute says this law was put in place to deter theft, and will remain in effect until 2017.

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