Law enforcement cracking down on folks who warm up their cars

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Law enforcement agencies across the state are teaming up to crack down on people who puff. Maybe you're one of them and don't even know it.

Puffing is when you warm up your car. In Colorado, leaving your car running while you're not in it is illegal.

Sunday through Jan. 16 is "Puffer Week." Officers are encouraged to patrol the streets writing tickets or giving out warnings to people who leave their cars unattended.

A motor vehicle is stolen almost every 26 seconds in the United States.

For more information on the law, click on the related story link below.


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  • by Frank Location: GJ on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Let's declare "puff day" in Mesa County. Feb 22: 07:00 AM: Get out there and start your engines! Let them run for 30 minutes. Feb 22 is PUFF THIS day!
  • by Josh Location: Grand "Flippin" Junction on Jan 12, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    I think we need a puffer day across the city to protest this ridiculous statute. Unbelievable. My car is my responsibility (not the government's) to keep safe. Either that, or maybe we should all just park our cars out front with a complimentary $15 dollars under our wipers.
  • by mike Location: GJ on Jan 12, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Big brother is watching you!!! This is another DUMB law passed to decrease "global warming", they say it is to reduce car theft but if I start my car in my driveway and let it run and it is stolen, it is MY problem not the city or county's. Why not spend the man hours on getting the real criminals behind bars? Oh yeah, they can fine us and add money to thier budgets! Get a life
  • by Emma Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    This is the most obnoxious law I have ever heard of. So if your car gets stolen, shame on you. Dont punish the rest of us sane people who stay warm inside on below zero days while our car warms up. Talk about Big Brother Government coming up with ridiculous laws.
  • by jim Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    Thank you Heather, This Statute has been on the books since 1995. Its just a shame they have taken a parking statute and called it the puffer law.42-4-1206. Unattended motor vehicle. No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, and effectively setting the brake thereon, and, when standing upon any grade, said person shall turn the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway in such a manner as to prevent the vehicle from rolling onto the traveled way. Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class B traffic infraction. $15.oo fine Source: L. 94: Entire title amended with relocations, p. 2372, § 1, effective January 1, 1995.
  • by Heather Location: GJ on Jan 11, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1206 makes it illegal for a person to leave a vehicle running and unattended -- in other words, if you warm up your car and go back inside, you could be ticketed.
  • by Tim Location: Grand Junction on Jan 11, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    Hey KKCO reporters - I agree with Jim below. Can you dig up the actual piece of legislation and when it was passed? I'd like to know who was behind this and why none of our local legislators said nothing about it to warn us.
  • by steve Location: fruita on Jan 11, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    I think this is great. We should hire more cops and pass more laws to make people lock their cars and homes. Think of all the burglaries we could stop. How many cops would it take to try every door on every home and car in GJ? All those extra cops might put a dent in the budget for the Main Street remodel. Then again think of all the revenue a few strategically placed officers could generate. Perhaps at the mall or the parking lots downtown. But of course not at the downtown parking garage, it usually only has 3 cars in it.
  • by jim Location: gj on Jan 10, 2010 at 05:46 PM
    I have research this and can not find a state law about idling vehicles. Denver and Aspen have local laws. But where is the Colorado law you are reporting.
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