(Toledo, OH) I am generally a live-and-let-live person, and I have a wide libertarian streak in me.
That being said, I question the seeming double standard in the enforcement by police of excessive noise laws between automobiles and motorcycles.
I have thrice been cited in my driving career by police - in a variety of locales - for needing to repair an exhaust system that created "excessive" noise.
Yet my Harley-loving neighbors roar up and down the street, apparently without a care in the world of being cited. Their bikes are much louder than my 4-cylinder autos with exhaust problems ever were (OK, one car was an 8-cylinder 1979 Mustang, but stick with me).
From the Toledo Municipal Code, 337.20 (a):
Every motor vehicle and motorcycle with an internal combustion engine shall at all times be equipped with a muffler which is in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise, and no person shall use a muffler cutout, by-pass or similar device upon a motor vehicle on a highway or street. Every motorcycle muffler shall be equipped with baffle plates.
Even more earsplitting is the deafening roar of a group of exhaust-challenged motorcycles traveling in a pack, and yet I have witnessed them cruise right by police vehicles.
Any thoughts on this?