It's possible that you broke the law this morning, without even realizing it. If your car is warming up outside, with the keys in the ignition, and you're not watching it, an officer can write you a ticket.

It's possible that you broke the law this morning, without even realizing it. If your car is warming up outside, with the keys in the ignition, and you're not watching it, an officer can write you a ticket.

How often are people punished for this? One police officer told us he has only written two such tickets in his 14 year career. He also told us that he might be more inclined to write the ticket in areas with a lot of car burglaries.

This applies every morning just before you leave for work. It also applies when you're running into the store for a couple of minutes to pick something up.

"Essentially you're leaving one of your most valuable possessions, your vehicle, running unattended for someone to walk right up your driveway, walk right out in front of the store, wherever you may be, to just take your vehicle," said Irondequoit Police Officer Kylee Nichols. "You're really making yourself an easy target."

Police say you're allowed to use automatic car starters, because those have built in safety features. What makes it illegal is having the keys in the ignition, while leaving the car unattended.

If caught, police can write you a traffic citation. A judge would determine what the punishment would be.