Law bans Davidson County drivers from leaving car unattended to warm it up

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As temperatures continue to drop across Middle Tennessee, many people are unknowingly breaking the law.

Metro Council passed a law several years ago prohibiting drivers from starting their car to warm it up and then leaving it unattended.

It’s not only against the law, but drivers could also be held liable for what thieves do with their vehicle or face a fine in Davidson County.

Car theft prevention is one of the main reasons behind the ordinance, which Metro Council passed in 2010.

Authorities said that during the week of Dec.4 through Dec 10, 19 out of 45 vehicles stolen in Nashville were left running without the driver present.

Car remotes are exempt from the law since it is nearly impossible for anyone to drive away in your vehicle without the key in the ignition.

Experts also told News 2 insurance companies may be more reluctant to pay quickly or in full on stolen cars when it can be proven that the keys were left inside.