2009-09-17 / Letters to the Editor

Stop noise on Narragansett Ave.

I think the time has come that motorcycles and other noisy vehicles (without mufflers) be banned from driving on Narragansett Avenue, especially during the summer. Residents and restaurants have their windows open to enjoy the lovely breezes and sea air. What do they get? They get noise so loud that they cannot hold a conversation at the restaurants or enjoy the time in their homes.

I believe there is already a Rhode Island ordinance that motorcycles and cars must have mufflers.

Newport has an ordinance of “no straight pipes.”

Rhode Island has the following law: “31-23-13 Muffl er. 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 and annoying smoke. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass, or similar device upon a motor vehicle on a highway. Any exhaust system shall be deemed defective if any changes, modifications, alterations, deletions or adjustments have been made which would cause the exhaust system to generate a higher or louder sound level than would be generated by the exhaust system customarily

installed by the manufacturer as original equipment.

The defective exhaust system shall be replaced or repaired to restore the exhaust system to the performance specifications of the original equipment. Failure to replace or restore the exhaust system as required in this section within five (5) days shall be deemed a civil violation and violators are subject to fines enumerated in…31-41.1-4.”

I know these motorcycles can drive down the road without making a horrendous noise and revving their engines. They have chosen not to do so.

If the Jamestown Police Department had enforced the muffler ordinance we would not have this problem. I believe that with 19 police officers we have enough police to enforce this law. I would like to hear that the police department is going to get a handle on this problem by enforcing our exhaust and noise laws.
Tania G. Biddle

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