May 23, 2018
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Auburn police ramping up fight against loud exhaust

By Sun Journal, Special to the BDN

AUBURN, Maine — Police are ramping up efforts to prevent vehicles with loud exhaust noise from disturbing residents during the summer months.

Loud exhaust noise has been and continues to be a problem in the city, said police Chief Phillip L. Crowell Jr.

“Residents should be able to enjoy the warm summertime air without their windows rattling every time a vehicle with a loud exhaust drives by their residence,” Crowell said.

So far this year, police have issued 29 warnings and three summonses for exhaust system violations. State law prohibits a motor vehicle from having a modified exhaust system that allows noise to be emitted at a louder level than that of the muffler that was originally installed on the vehicle, police said in a written statement Friday.

“The violators are obvious,” Deputy Chief Jason Moen said. “When the exhaust noise drowns outs the radio that you are listening to with all of the windows up, those are the vehicles that are getting stopped.”

Those vehicles often draw attention to themselves with unnecessary acceleration, Moen said.

Auburn Police have purchased a decibel meter to assist in their enforcement efforts.

“We hope that as our enforcement efforts increase, voluntary compliance with the law will increase as well,” Crowell said.


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