A story swept the internet recently about a guy in Michigan who was ticketed for letting his car idle unattended in his own driveway. Soon, news outlets were falsely reporting that it is “Illegal to let your car idle unattended!” In some places it is; in others, it’s not. I explain here.

I was surprised at how much traction this story got but then again, people love those “Wacky Law” stories. And what is wackier than a law saying you can’t let your car idle unattended in your own driveway? Well, the story involved a man ticketed under a local ordinance, NOT state law. So all of the stories attributing the madness to the entire great state of Michigan were overreaching.

I wrote a piece about this for Roadandtrack.com and - even though there is no place for disgruntled readers to complain like there is here - I soon heard from people who insisted I was wrong. I double-checked my math and - turns out I was right. So, in this week’s podcast I explain everything there is to know on this topic, and even threw in all of the stuff inspired by those who told me (mistakenly) that I was wrong.

Here is the audio:

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And the video:

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 25 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow.


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