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Park City officers respond to mounting idling cases

Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

The Park City Police Department last week continued to log cases involving idling vehicles, a practice that is prohibited in most cases in the city.

The logs did not provide details about the cases, but the Police Department has recently reported a series of similar idling incidents.

The cases last week included vehicles on Main Street and Sidewinder Drive. In one of the reports, on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9:15 p.m., a vehicle was seen on Main Street idling for more than an hour. The police issued a ticket, according to department logs. In another one, on Feb. 6 at 7:31 a.m., a vehicle was seen on the 600 block of Main Street parked in the wrong direction and with the lights on. The Police Department classified the case as a violation of the idling law.

The Park City Council in 2010 enacted a law prohibiting idling in most circumstances. The law now limits idling to one minute. The law is in effect on public and private property. There are exemptions to protect the safety of people and animals inside a vehicle as well as several other exemptions.

Park City enacted the law as part of the municipal government’s wide-ranging environmental efforts.

The reports last week followed shortly after an idling case that involved a complaint that a vehicle was left with its engine running for more than two hours on the last day of the Sundance Film Festival. Phil Kirk, a police captain, called that case an "extreme example" of idling in Park City. It was logged outside the Eccles Center, which is a major Sundance venue.