Bill description: Yes, this bill says, you may leave your car unattended while it warms up during the winter months.
Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non- violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes?
Idaho Code 49-602 is worded in a way that prohibits individuals from leaving their vehicles while the engine is running. The statute passed in 1988. With new technologies like automatic starters, designed to allow a vehicle to warm up in cold weather, this language becomes a prohibition. Rather than insisting individuals are “stopping the engine, locking the ignition, [and] removing the key from the ignition,” this new language has them “locking the vehicle if the engine is running”. This proposal decreases the potential for a traffic citation for a victimless crime. (+1)