Warming your car in your driveway could cost you up to $1,000 in these Central PA cities


No one likes getting in a cold car and it may seem innocent enough to warm your car up in the driveway. In these Central Pennsylvania cities, leaving your car unattended while it warms could cost you up to $1,000 in fines.


Harrisburg Police on Thursday will begin issuing warnings to drivers who leave their cars idling during cold weather.

The warnings are an attempt to curb the increase in stolen vehicles that occurs during the winter when people leave their cars running and unattended. Statistics show that more than 190 vehicles were stolen 2018, the majority of which occurred during winter.

The written warnings will be placed on the windshields of unattended cars that are running, and they note that owners risk fines up to $1000 for future infractions.


Renewed enforcement will soon be picking back up in York City to discourage people from warming up their cars on city streets.

Police say they saw a spike in vehicle thefts across the city in 2018.

They say the thieves tend to be juveniles.

Most of the time the cars are recovered, but the danger is house because the drivers are inexperienced.

York Police say they tried public service announcements and pamphlets to combat the trend.

Those who leave their cars unattended will face a fine.

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