The Nanny State Comes After Idling

Idling your car, that is

Westchester County (New York) lawmakers last night made it illegal for drivers to keep their vehicles running for three minutes or more while parked.

The goal is to reduce dangerous emissions like carbon dioxide that contribute to Westchester’s poor air quality and to global warming, said Thomas Abinanti, D-Greenburgh, the bill’s sponsor.

“Climate change is the defining issue of the 21st century,” Abinanti said. “We can do our part by not adding to the problem.

And, if you are caught, you’ll get fined up to $250 bucks. Doesn’t that sound great now that Al Gore is being considered to be the “climate czar” in the Barry administration? Not that he did jack during his eight years as VP, of course. Or anything of substance during his post election “Crazy” years other then bloviate.

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4 Responses to “The Nanny State Comes After Idling”

  1. manbearpig says:

    can I leave my lawnmower running for more than three minutes if I’m in the process of actually cutting my grass? What about my gas powered leave blower? Am I allowed to set it down and go inside to get a drink without shutting the motor off? What is next? Making sure I only use two squares (ala Cheryl Crow) or I’ll be fined?


  2. Mile High Mike says:

    Hmm… what about all the police cars that officers leave running? Is there an exception for the government?

  3. John Ryan says:

    New York City has had laws about that for years. And of course most municipalities have banned leaf BURNING. What do you do with yours MBP ?

  4. John Ryan says:

    So when are you guys going to start demanding that the lead be put back into our gasoline ?

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