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DULUTH - We've all done it: turned the key to start the car, shut the door and walked away as we wait for our vehicle to warm up.
But, those few minutes you spend away from your car are actually against the law.
"There's actually a city ordinance that was created as long ago as 1950 and you cannot leave your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition and running," said Jim Hansen, public information officer for the Duluth Police Department.
In the City of Duluth, you could get a $26 ticket for leaving your car idling with the keys in it.
"I did know that, but I suppose it makes sense because it's a safety issue. People need to make sure no one hops in their car and drives away," said Kristina D'Allaird, of Duluth.
That's exactly why the city made the ordinance to ensure the safety of citizens and to prevent auto thefts.
The ordinance covers any publicly owned property.
In addition, if an officer finds you doing this, they can even take your keys to the police station.
"They actually have the option per the ordinance to do that. I don't know how regularly that's done these days, but I can tell you in years past that's exactly what was done," said Hansen.
To get around the rules while still obeying the law, you can have a remote starter installed.
Dave Zbaracki, of Duluth said, "I think they need to have their bases covered, but I also think that there's a certain amount of common sense that needs to be used, especially when you have cold weather. It's always nice to have a warm car."
In the end, law enforcement says your best bet and the lawful one is to not leave your car running unattended.
Hansen said, "It's a crime of opportunity, like so many other crimes in our city. So you can prevent it. Don't be the target by leaving your vehicle running and have your vehicle stolen."