As the temperature drops, the increase of Puffing rises. Puffing refers to leaving unattended vehicles running waiting for it to warm-up.
Puffing is very serious for two reasons. First, it’s a lot of emissions released into the air and a waste of gas. Secondly, car thieves are on the lookout for the white puffs emitted from tailpipes on cold days and when the car is unattended, it’s an easy target.
Authorities in Amarillo report, out of the 939 stolen vehicles in 2018, 819 vehicles had the keys inside and the car was left running. That is 87% of the total number of stolen vehicles.
DPS reminds motorists that leaving a vehicle unattended with the keys inside can be a Class C misdemeanor.
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