City cracking down on puffing
Last updated 1/7/2022 at 9:47am
You've been warned: Fountain Police are increasing fines for puffing, or leaving a running vehicle unattended.
This announcement came Friday after police say a vehicle was stolen, and another 15 vehicles were found running and unattended.
Leaving your car running while unattended is known as "puffing." It is illegal in Colorado with one exception: State law does exempt vehicles with a remote-start from being ticketed if found running unattended.
"Investigations show auto theft cases are frequently connected to other crimes which put our community in danger to include armed robbery, identity theft, home invasion and drug-related offenses," an FPD statement said. "FPD wants to help remind citizens not to take the unnecessary risk of leaving your car running while unattended."
The Traffic & Patrol division will be increasing citations to those found puffing their cars, with the first offense costing $50 plus city court fees.
"Please do not leave your car running unattended and unlocked," the FPD statement continued. "You risk having it stolen, and riding the city bus to work isn't as enjoyable as driving in your own vehicle."