Motorcycle Noise Restrictions?
Here's one proposed law I could almost support. Heck, maybe I do support. Well, I'm not sure.
Showing that at least the Democrats in Sacramento have way too much time on their hands despite the budget crisis, one of them has sponsored a bill to limit the amount of noise and exhaust coming from motorcycles. I don't really care that much about the exhaust aspect of it, but I do believe a thing exists such as noise pollution.
Not all motorcycles are noisy to the point they could be considered pollution, but I'm sure we can all cite examples of noisy motorcycles on the road that are annoying to the extreme.
I know last Sunday I was over by the corner of Harris and I Streets in Eureka when some guy in a hog cut loose on his throttle- the noise actually causing me to jump it startled me so much- and that happens fairly regularly. Maybe it's the same guy some of the time?
Just this morning I heard somebody in one of those smaller "crotch rocket" sport bikes racing up the street in front of my house rather loudly. Those little sport bikes always seem to sound loud when they throttle up and makes it seem like they're speeding even if they're going the speed limit.
I find the noise from those things annoying, at best, and there should be some limit to how much noise we have to suffer. I guess I'm unsure of my position because I don't know how far we should go with this.
I can just imagine, if this bill passes, that we'll be using it as an example for reasons to clamp down on so many of the other noises we all make each day. Then we'll start making the new restrictions tighter and tighter- witness the War on Tobacco Smokers for how that works.
So, I'm not sure what I think but, in the meantime, please quiet down or put a muffler on your motorcycles.