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#1 Hum

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 13:33

In Nanaimo, Canada, Tara Ludvigson-Hill thought someone was playing a joke on her when she received an $81 ticket for parking her car with the windows rolled down. :huh:

When Ludvigson-Hill parked at her workplace on a hot day, she left her windows open and thought nothing of it.

She told the Nanaimo Daily News, "I've been parking in the same spot for years and when the weather is hot, I leave my windows open.

I have never heard of anything so ridiculous."

The citation was issued for violation of Section 191 subsection 2 of the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act which states that parked vehicles must be secured.

Like many others, Ludvigson-Hill was not aware of the law. The officer told her that ignorance of the law was not an excuse, but eventually gave her a warning and no fine was issued.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:41

Australia has it too (or at least QLD).

Windows can only be down so-far (about half-inch or so I believe), and doors must be locked (even if you have a convertible with the roof down :/ )

Good on the cop for issuing a warning instead of a fine (I do believe the rule is stupid)

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:43

What if you have a dog in the car ? :/

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:50

Well, that's completely stupid. On the other hand, I suppose they do it because they don't want to then have to chase up incidents of theft. Maybe have the rule that if you leave your windows open, they aren't responsible if someone steals your stuff...

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 22:53

i have an old crappy car, and i always leave the windows open

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:03

What if you have a dog in the car ? :/


As far as I know, you're not allowed to leave dogs in a car (especially on a hot day!) even with the windows down.
I'm not sure if there's a law about it, but it's considered animal cruelty (unless I'm totally wrong).

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:06

As far as I know, you're not allowed to leave dogs in a car (especially on a hot day!) even with the windows down.
I'm not sure if there's a law about it, but it's considered animal cruelty (unless I'm totally wrong).


I don't know about the law in Australia or the USA, but in the UK you can leave your Dogs in the car, but if the temp reaches a certain point the Windows have to be open a certain distance.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:11

So the police are forcing upon you a $300 "fine" for a crackhead breaking your window and having to replace it? I know lots of people who leave windows open since the break in rates are huge.

My father had his car broken into 3 times despite having no valuables in the car/all glove boxes open.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:12

Canada is full of Communists. That red Maple Leaf is just their version of a star or sickle and hammer.

In all seriousness though, it sounds like their hurting on their quotas and are trying to fill their coffers by using some pretty loose interpretations of their laws.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 23:53

dear god.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 00:04

The officer told her that ignorance of the law was not an excuse, but eventually gave her a warning and no fine was issued.

Hardly an issue then...

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:16

Seems sort of silly to me.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:18

As far as I know, you're not allowed to leave dogs in a car (especially on a hot day!) even with the windows down.
I'm not sure if there's a law about it, but it's considered animal cruelty (unless I'm totally wrong).


I see it happen every week here in the USA.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:20

If a theif doesn't steal your money, the government will.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:45

Wonder if Jeeps and convertables are exempt