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About the Puffer Law
By Det. Dave Baumhover #975
Frederick Police Department
Now that the cold months of Winter have arrived many of us are tempted to warm up the car before heading out. Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1206 “Unattended Motor Vehicle”, better known as the “Puffer Law” defines what is and is not legal when warming up your car. Although “Puffing” is illegal in Colorado there are exceptions you should be aware of.
The statute states “the use or operation of a remote starter system or adequate security measures is sufficient to comply” with the law. Some examples of adequate security measures are of course, remote starter systems, a vehicle that requires a key to put the vehicle into gear and move the vehicle, keeping a keyless start fob out of proximity of the vehicle and using a steering wheel security device. The statute also states adequate security measures are not limited to just the examples above so if you can secure your car to prevent it from being stolen then feel free to warm it up! Personally, I’m looking forward to the days we won’t need to.