Think twice before warming up your car unattended

By WEEK Producer

Think twice before warming up your car unattended

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- You might not think anything of warming up your car unattended on a chilly morning, but the Illinois State Police say this simple practice could have several adverse consequences.

Master Sergeant Gregg Cavanaugh, Director of the State and Local Auto Theft Enforcement Task Force (SLATE), says the act is not only unsafe and illegal, it could lead to your vehicle being stolen.

He says each year, there is an increase in vehicle thefts due to people starting their cars and leaving them unattended while they warm up.

Additionally, Illinois Vehicle Code requires a person driving or in charge of a vehicle on a public right of way must not leave it unattended without shutting off the engine, locking the ignition, and removing the keys.

Motorists in violation of this law could face a $120 fine.

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