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H. B. 2612


(By Delegates Williams, Stemple, Stalnaker and Butcher)
[Introduced
February 23, 2005 ; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation the the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §17C-14-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to clarifying that a person may start a motor vehicle on private property for the purpose of warming the engine and leave the vehicle unattended for a reasonable period of time.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17C-14-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 14. MISCELLANEOUS RULES.

§17C-14-1. Unattended motor vehicle; penalty.

(a) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall may permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.
(b) Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars; upon a second conviction within one year thereafter, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars; and upon a third or subsequent conviction, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.
(c) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit a person from starting a motor vehicle on private property for the purpose of warming the engine and leaving that vehicle unattended for a reasonable period of time.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to clarify that the provisions of §17C-14-1 do not prohibit a person from starting a motor vehicle on private property for the purpose of warming the engine and leaving that vehicle unattended for a reasonable period of time.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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