I find it amazing that a handful of people complain about noise from the Red Barn and the city steps in and stops the noise. However, hundreds of illegal motorcycles can run around with loud or no mufflers at all and no one will stop them.

I sent Maine State Police Chief Robert A. Williams two letters about this problem. He never responded until I went over his head, and his final reply was that not much could be done because they didn’t have decibel meters. So I sent him a copy of two Maine laws that would allow him to stop this illegal noise and no decibel meters were required.

Maine law says, “A person may not operate a motor vehicle unless that vehicle is equipped with an adequate muffler properly maintained to prevent excessive or unusual noise.”

It also says, “A person may not operate a motor vehicle with an exhaust system that has been modified when the result of that modification is the amplification or increase of noise emitted by the motor above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle.”

These laws were put in place to protect the public from this abuse, but they are useless if we can’t get anyone to enforce them. I find it odd that we pay law makers thousands of dollars to make these laws and can’t get our local law enforcement to enforce them.

Joseph Rocque Jr.


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