BY: Andrew Altenbern
Click Here for the original article
Click Here to open the original article in a pop-up new window
Iowa - Waterloo police have announced that their quality of life initiative for the month of July is loud motorcycles.
Waterloo police say two factors are typically responsible for excessive noise in regards to motorcycles; no muffler or a modified exhaust system and quick acceleration. Officers will use this two-prong test in their enforcement.
According to Dan Trelka, Director of Safety Services, Iowa code 321.436 (Mufflers, prevention of noise) states, "Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise…." The City of Waterloo noise control code prohibits the operation of a motorcycle in excess of 84 decibels (dBA). As a point of reference, each of the following emits sound at a level of about 85 dBA: a running lawn mower, standing curbside in heavy traffic and a running snow blower.
Trelka says that the penalty for operating a motorcycle in an excessively loud manner is $330. Multiple violations increase the penalty amount.
According to Trelka, the American Motorcyclist Association believes that few factors contribute more to prejudice against the motorcycling community than excessively loud motorcycles. He says that the AMA recommends that all motorcyclists should be sensitive to community standards and respect the right of fellow citizens to enjoy a peaceful environment.
Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are solely those of the writer, and may not reflect the beliefs of anyone at the Biker News Network/Outlaw Biker World.
This site may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes
copyright infringement and is accessible on this site or through this service,
you may notify our copyright agent, as set forth in the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA). For your complaint to be valid under the DMCA, it must meet certain criteria, and you must
Click Here to contact acting agent.