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Michigan Legislature votes to let vehicles run unattended

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A bill approved by the Michigan Legislature would let residents legally leave a vehicle running unattended on private property.

The bill cleared the Senate on a 30-6 vote Tuesday and goes to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. It was proposed after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up.

The Roseville man was ticketed in January, read that story by clicking here.

A state rule requires people to stop the engine and remove the ignition key before letting a vehicle stand unattended. The legislation would keep the prohibition in place only for vehicles parked on public streets, but not if they are equipped with a remote-start feature.

If idling your car at your home becomes legal, would an insurance company still honor your claim if the car was stolen?

"We would have to have you actually ask your specific insurance carrier to see what their policy says," said Ed Lebuda, co-owner of MCI Insurance.

He said it's always a good idea to know what exactly your insurance covers.

"Look at your policy. There are going to be certain definitions in there that are going to tell you what you can and cannot do with your vehicle," Lebuda said.

Katie Fitting, resident, said she believes the bill is a no brainer and she hopes Snyder signs it.

"I don't see the problem with it to be honest," she said.

Read the bill for yourself by clicking here.

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