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Michigan Senate to vote on letting vehicles run unattended

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Legislation up for a vote in the Michigan Senate would let residents legally leave a vehicle running unattended on private property. The bill , which won House approval last month, was proposed after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving a car running in his driveway as the vehicle warmed up. 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.

The Senate plans to vote Tuesday, and the bill is expected to soon go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

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