Roseville, MI — In Police State USA, warming up your car in your own driveway can land you in jail, or worse. Residents across the land of the free are quickly learning how unfree they actually are as they are issued citations for everyday activities such as allowing your engine to warm up on a cold morning.
Nick Taylor, of Roseville, Michigan, has taken to social media to express his anger over police issuing him a notice of extortion (citation) for doing what millions of people every morning do across the country.
“Every person warms up their car,” Taylor said. “We live in Michigan!”
If you don’t think a citation for warming up your car will land you in jail — try not paying it. If you don’t think a citation for warming up your car can lead to your death — try resisting your captors when they come after you for nonpayment.
All tickets are enforced with the threat of violence. To deny it is to deny reality. So, when government officials begin issuing threats of violence for everyday activities such as warming up your car, it’s time to start paying attention.
“Vehicle parked in drive with keys in ignition, motor running — no one around,” the Roseville officer wrote on the ticket in a sorry attempt to justify the extortion.
The officer never attempted to knock on Taylor’s door to inform him of the asinine law, and instead issued a demand for money.
“That would have been respectful,” Taylor said. “I had no clue that this was a law, an ordinance.”
When asked by WDIV 4 why cops were stealing money from people for warming up their cars, police said the key component of the case is whether the key is in the car. Using a remote starter is OK because the key isn’t in the car. If the key is in the car, it’s a state and local violation, because somebody could take off in the car.
“You’re putting the public at risk,” Roseville police Chief James Berlin said. “This is purely a public safety issue.”
However, if the public were truly at risk by a car running in a driveway, this cop should have notified Taylor of it — in the interest of public safety. But that did not happen.
Instead, this officer showed that revenue collection and revenue collection alone was his mission by doing nothing to stop the supposed risk.
Taylor quickly went to Facebook after receiving the citation and let his feelings be known. The idea of being extorted for warming up one’s car apparently resonated with people as it has shared more than 13,500 times as of Monday.
After seeing the post on Facebook, Chief Berlin had no problem publicly noting that he wished ill-will on Taylor.
“You see the disparaging comments he made about my officer?” Berlin said. “Drop dead.”
Taylor said he didn’t mean to call the officer a name, but noted how ridiculous the ticket was.
“Unattended car?” Taylor said. “I’ve done this every day for seven years. Every person warms up their car. We live in Michigan.”