Portsmouth police will be monitoring loud motorcycles
PORTSMOUTH (WGME) – If you're driving a motorcycle through Portsmouth, New Hampshire this summer, you should be aware of how loud your bike is.
Officers say they'll soon be monitoring the sound of exhaust.
Officers say they hope the equipment will not only help uphold the law in the city, but also help educate many of the riders as well.
Loud pipes are an acquired taste.
"Basically, creates that sound that a lot of people dislike, and there are some people that do like it, but there are laws on the books for it," Portsmouth Police Captain Frank Warchol said.
New Hampshire law says motorcycles can’t exceed certain decibel levels while driving, and can be fined up to $300 for loud pipes, something officers say they regularly deal with.
"This initiative wasn't put together specifically because people were complaining,” Warchol said. “It's just another issue we have to deal with."
With the recent purchase of decibel reader and other custom tools to measure the sound of a motorcycle's exhaust, they hope it will be easier to enforce.
"In the past, we've been able to handle dealing with traffic and dealing with pedestrians and with bicycles and now we have the equipment to try and go forward and combat this issue," Warchol said.
Portsmouth police says they plan to use the equipment during traffic stops, but won’t pull you over just for having a loud exhaust, hoping this will serve more as an education and safety tool.
"We're not going out there and targeting motorcycles, like everyone's going to get a ticket,” Warchol said. “It's part of a multifaceted approach to what we're doing we want people to be more aware."
Officers say they hope to hold information sessions at the end of the month to give people an idea of what this equipment can do.