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MECALM believes that police should consistently stop all loud motorcycles and check for the inspection sticker and the muffler, and write tickets for violations. It would be even better for Maine to adopt the EPA matching label system, which is what the federal law is designed for. In 2007, Denver adopted the EPA label law despite the vocal opposition by many loud bikers. Thanks to consistent enforcement and substantial penalties, city officials now receive very few complaints about loud motorcycles. Since the police target only the loud bikes, this has resulted in no inconvenience to the quiet bikers.
Denver was in part motivated to enact the EPA label into law because a loud biker died after crashing into the side of a fire truck that was on an emergency call with lights flashing and the siren on. Officials, who investigated the accident, concluded that the motorcycle was so loud, the biker couldn't hear the fire truck! The city of Green Bay, Wis., also has adopted the EPA label law, where the police like it because it's very easy to enforce.
The problem of loud bikes has spread to most areas of the state and there are now thousands of Mainers who are fed up with loud motorcycles, and want something done about it. This anger will only increase when the loud bikes begin blasting our homes, neighbourhoods and communities in May.
We contacted Mr. Ford who replied as follows: Thank you for writing. I'm happy to hear that Right to Quiet is active in the effort to curb noise pollution. And it's good to see the reference to noise and health. There's a number of groups that have sprung up in the last year or so; New Hampshire Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles, Connecticut Citizens Against Loud Motor vehicles, North Carolina Citizens Against Loud Motor vehicles, Indiana Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles/ Motor-vehicles, and my group, Maine Citizens For Quiet Motor vehicles. All of these groups have Facebook pages with lots of information.
RtoQ member Craig D. in Oregon recently sent us the URLs to several interesting articles and a letter to the governor of Texas, from a Houston policeman about his lonely battle to enforce the law. It turns out that everyone in authority he approached was part of the bully culture. Read that comprehensive letter here
The following three URLs lead to articles about boom-cars, and one about the "free speech defence":
Can't hear the fire truck coming? Meet the Howler
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