Press Release Branford Police Department
Members of the ’s Traffic Squad will assist any motorcycle owner who wishes to have their exhaust and muffler system’s noise measured on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from noon to 3 p.m. (weather permitting) at the I-95 Exit 53 Commuter Lot (Commercial Parkway). The one-time inspection is free and is in response to many requests from motorcycle owners who have been notified of upcoming noise enforcement action by the police. Violations for illegal muffler systems and excessive noise could potentially cost a motorcycle operator up to $500 if ticketed.
The initiative to reduce unnecessary noise is part of the department’s continual effort to respond to numerous citizen complaints and concerns about motorcycle noise and to improve Branford’s quality of life.
“The motorcycle noise initiative will continue this season, as in the past, to reduce the illegal noise which is generated by some motorcycles,” Chief Kevin Halloran said. “The one-time free inspection gives an opportunity to those who wish to comply with regulation to meet with our officers and have a free noise measurement taken without the fear of enforcement action that day.”
The maximum allowable levels for motorcycles is between 78 dB(A) and 80 dB(A) depending on year and measuring conditions. In addition, all exhaust systems in Connecticut require mechanical baffling of the exhaust to reduce noise.
Chief Halloran concluded, “We don’t want to be punitive to motorcycle operators, we just want owners and operators to comply with the existing noise limits and be reminded that many of our citizen’s peaceful enjoyment is effected by inappropriate noise levels.”