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Noisy vehicles targeted

April 12, 2013

FAIRMONT — Those who are proud to have the loudest pipes in town might want to think about toning it down....

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Apr-16-13 12:54 PM

yes, the noise is annoying. but the speeders are more annoying than the noise. the drunk drivers who use my street as a "back way" home are even more annoying.

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Apr-15-13 5:17 PM

New factory Harleys are street legal. It's when they are modified by the owner that they get too loud.

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Apr-15-13 11:56 AM

A harley driven normal isn't going to be that loud for very long. It is the ones who wrap it up on purpose in a residential area--like pimple faced teens in a loud truck-- that are disruptive(as are the teens in loud trucks!) PD will not be out there ticketing every loud vehicle, only the perpetually excessive ones, i.e. the ones asking for it.

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Apr-14-13 5:05 PM

Minnesota does have vehicle noise limits. Look at Minnesota pollution control website. It also illeagal to modify a muffler to make a vehicle louder and also illegal to sell a vehicle that has been modified like that. I myself dont always agree with every law but i do follow them.

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Apr-14-13 2:58 AM

@Striped - We only notice you because you're talking on the cell phone, putting on the makeup, changing the radio station, reading the latest Facebook posts, messing with your hair, and 27 other things...while maintaining your vehicles between the ditches...barely...

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Apr-13-13 11:53 PM

Since when are women the only ones with cell phones?

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Apr-13-13 12:36 PM

@draca1 - You can get an uncalibrated, "seat of the pants", "measures good enough" db meter off ebay for $20. Get one with an NIST traceable cal sticker on it and you're looking at $1,000 or more.

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Apr-13-13 12:33 PM

@MustangFan - Doppler Shift? Seriously? Better get out your Wikipedia and do some reading.

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Apr-13-13 11:40 AM

You cant possibly be serious, not hearing a bike if your in front, the sentinel really makes themselves look silly on this one. I depend on my bike to get me to work and have been pulled over many times and ticketed once by LOUD harley rider Gene Austin, they have no way to prove your bike is too loud as minnesota has no decible level limit, it is up to the officers discretion. Loud pipes have saved me from many crashes, Ive almost been killed every summer in this town of no look lane changers, and idiot drivers, Dont believe for a second that its a myth, If they hear me, they see me! common sense i would think,apparantly not for Fairmont pd and the sentinel!

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Apr-12-13 8:07 PM

They see me rollin

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Apr-12-13 7:15 PM

You are all a bunch of hick adults. Found something better to do with your time then complain about the police cracking down adults acting like children. Find a new hobby that is not so obnoxious to the community. If you need more explanation please watch South Park episode 12, season 13. Thank you for your consideration and time.

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Apr-12-13 7:12 PM

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Apr-12-13 2:14 PM

Well at least their not targeting texting and driving yet. That would be horrible.

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Apr-12-13 2:09 PM

"Well, the exhaust blows out the back, so you're not alerting those in front of you."

So if I stand in front of a motorcycle, I shouldn't be able to hear it? Really? Last time I checked, sound waves don't travel in just one direction. Ever heard of the Doppler Shift?

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Apr-12-13 1:10 PM

"not accurately measure"? They could buy decibel meters for ~$20 each. How many of the cops/people that call in about the loud exhaust had loud exhaust on their own vehicle as kids? As for motorcycles, I can easily hear motorcycles from quite a distance when I'm in front of them when I'm inside of my own car. There is much more reasonable things for cops to be cracking down on, like oblivious driver on cell phones or not paying attention to the road. My car is fairly loud, but it still has the muffler, just not the larger silencer chamber.

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Apr-12-13 12:15 PM


Nothing is more annoying/obnoxious than a motorcycle trying to get attention making unnecessary, excessive noise.

Those who purposely try to create as much noise as possible give other riders a bad reputation/image. I support this crackdown 100%, it's long overdue!

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Apr-12-13 9:04 AM

I was just thinking/ hearing this last night as a youngster passed me w/ a "noisy" pickup. Then I recalled my own youth and the varying degree of "muffling" my own V-8 equipped cars had.

I'd rather the police stop every woman on the road w/ a cellphone glued to their head and issue a "distracted driving" ticket.

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Apr-12-13 7:08 AM

Make sure those bicycle chains are oiled. Wouldn't want to wake anybody up with a noisy 2 wheeler now would ya. And while we're at it, no more cowboy boots. We all know how those heels click when we walk. And no more gum snapping, sneezing, whistling, clapping, passing gas, slamming doors.....where does the ***clownery end?

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Apr-12-13 6:55 AM

Harleys arent loud until you do something about it.

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