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Can the city regulate noisy motorcycles?
Issue: A reader asked if the city's noise ordinance applies to motorcycles. "If it is, I'd like to know why it is not enforced."
Status: The city ordinance does not specifically apply to motorcycles, Police Lt. Gerald Witkowski said. He noted the city does not have a way to measure whether the decibel levels coming from motorcycles exceed any standard.
Witkowski said police can stop any vehicle for a faulty or missing muffler. Those stops come under the jurisdiction of Wisconsin Department of Transportation codes. Identifying a specific violation may be difficult, he said, if the vehicle's muffler is a standard factory-installed part that has not been altered.
He said the noise issue most likely will accelerate throughout the Milwaukee area with Harley Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.
"The best way for a resident to deal with a noise problem is to identify when the noise is occurring and, if there is a pattern, call us, and we will get someone out there to check out the situation," Witkowski said.
Code violations bring fines from $50 to $2,000 plus court costs, he said.
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