ILION – The Ilion Police Department is reminding drivers not to leave their cars running unattended as cold weather sets in.
Ilion police say that with the cold weather, they see an increase in the number of people leaving their vehicles running unattended with doors that aren’t locked.
Due to recurring vehicle larcenies, and the risk of children having access to running vehicles that could result in them harming themselves or others, police are reminding drivers of the following New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law:
"S 1210. Unattended motor vehicle. (a) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the vehicle, and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway, provided, however, the provision for removing the key from the vehicle shall not require the removal of keys hidden from sight about the vehicle for convenience or emergency."
Police say they would rather raise awareness of the issue and in turn raise compliance, rather than issuing traffic tickets.