Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
I would beg to differ. It might be semantics or a fine point, but I do believe the new law is about enforcing noise limits (and, even as an Outlaw Biker*, I think that’s a good idea). A LEO can't simply allege that it sounded too loud; that's too easy to challenge.
True, the CVC does specify limits on noise, but the enforcement of those limits is difficult as it requires measurement equipment and a procedure to determine that the noise is above acceptable limits. You've got to stop the vehicle, find a place to test it, then conduct the test as specified, and I assume that most agencies would use the procedure outlined by the CHP.
This new legislation attacks the noise, and enforces the noise limits, though the back door of “emissions tampering”. The most obvious tampering would be the replacement of the EPA approved exhaust system.
And I don’t believe it’s about the money. It costs/will cost the state more to enforce the law (pull ever, write ticket, process ticket, man the follow-up, clear the fix-it) than even the $400 fine you get for the fourth time you’re cited. Look at the annual budget for any municipality. Then fine every motorcyclist in that municipality $1000. Compare the fines to the budget and it won't amount ot a pee hole in a snowbank, so ratcheting up enforcement on motorcycles has too poor a rate of return to be worthwhile.
It’s about the noise. One article in the LA Times a few weeks back recounted the story of some Agoura Hills residents who were sick and tired of hearing hordes of motorcyclists thundering up the canyon every Saturday and Sunday morning. They called their representatives and complained. As have thousands of others in cities and towns around the country.
Now, there are some people who just loathe the existence of some things, even if a reasonable individual would say that it couldn’t possibly affect them. My favorite shooting range in Redlands was shut down because people objected to it being there, even though it had been there since well before most of them were born and they could neither hear it nor get struck by errant hunks of burnin' hot lead. For the most part, though, people like the residents of Agoura Hills could care less about a horde of motorcyclists whispering up the canyon. If they can’t hear ‘em, they don’t care one whit.
*I hope everyone realizes this ‘Outlaw Biker’ thing is completely tongue-in-cheek…
Tom [email protected]
It could have been a beautiful friendship. Except for the ice pick, of course.
'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.
Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 09-30-2010 at 06:18 PM.