Letter: Idling Cars

The Cold Spring police department on Main Street (photo by K.E. Foley).

I would love to know why Cold Spring police officers so often leave their cars idling without anyone in them. It’s terrible for the environment! Today I encountered one squad car parked in a crosswalk, ignition on and empty, as usual.

I appreciate all that the officers do for the community and would love it if they could show consideration for the earth, and the taxpayer dollars that go toward the gas in those cars.

Heidi Bender, Cold Spring

Officer-in-Charge Larry Burke says the vehicles are left idling so that the laptop computers inside, which are connected to the accessory power, don’t need to be rebooted each time the officer starts the car. He said leaving only the accessory power on in parked squad cars could kill the vehicle battery.


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