A Winter Reminder for Drivers

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It's a law that's been around for several decades, but police have a winter reminder for drivers.

Parkersburg police say in West Virginia, it's illegal to leave your vehicle unattended with the key in the ignition with the engine running.

The law is to prevent motor vehicle theft. So, even on those frigid mornings when you need to defrost, police say it's best to stay with the car while it's warming up.

"If you leave your keys in it and it's running, they will take it. You may get away with it a dozen times or a hundred times, but there's gonna be that one time where someone's gonna see it and they will take it," Lieutenant George Fox said.

Depending on the number of convictions, you can be fined up to $500 in West Virginia.

Across the river in Ohio, authorities tell us this is not a chargeable offense. However, if your vehicle is on public property, they do have the right to take your keys and lock the vehicle in order to prevent auto theft.

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