Loud pipes haven’t been as high-profile an issue this year as they were last summer, but maybe that’s starting to change – police in Charlottetown, PEI say they’re going to crack down on noisy motorcycles.
According to CBC, the Island’s capital city coppers plan to fight noisy motorcycle exhausts through a combination of patrols intended to catch offenders, and an educational campaign. Just how an educational campaign will make motorcycles quieter is a bit unclear, but the police do seem to be serious about this.
Officers will start carrying decibel meters, enabling them to measure whether a motorcycle is within legal noise limits.
The city hasn’t passed any new anti-noise laws; they’re just going to enforce laws already on the books. Ironically, the announcement came just before the Atlanticade rally took place over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Edmonton’s own anti-noise campaign seems to be stalled this year, as police officers say they don’t have time to enforce the laws.
The Edmonton Journal says city police have had to deal with a 100 per cent increase in traffic fatalities this year, which has kept them too busy too enforce loud pipe laws. They say they may put together some roving patrols to deal with noise problems later this year, though.