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Bill to exempt remote starters awaits signature

Posted: 2:53 PM, Mar 14, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-14 16:53:58-04

It would be legal to leave cars running unattended -- if they have remote-start systems -- under a Colorado bill headed to the governor.

The bill updates the state's ban on so-called "puffing," or leaving a car running while the driver is away.

The practice is common on frigid Colorado winter mornings, but can leave the driver with a ticket because "puffing" makes cars vulnerable to theft. Legislative analysts say there are about 50 "puffing" tickets issued per year across Colorado.

The bill exempts car owners with remote-start systems. Drivers would have to keep a keyless start fob out of proximity of the so the vehicle can't be moved.

The measure passed the Senate 33-1 Monday and has already passed the House.