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Police to Enforce Law Against Excessive Noise 08/24/00

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AUGUST 24, 2000


Big Island police say they will stringently enforce laws against excessive noise made by altered motorcycle exhaust systems and are urging the public to cooperate in keeping down the noise level over the Labor Day Weekend.

Acting Lieutenant Randy Apele of the Traffic Services Section said police have received numerous complaints from the public about excessively loud noise from motorcycles.

Police are calling for cooperation from motorists in general and motorcyclists in particular, especially over the Labor Day Weekend. Motorcyclists are arriving from the neighbor islands for their traditional Labor Day Weekend motorcycle tour around the Big Island. Labor Day itself will be observed on Monday, September 4, this year.

Apele noted that Section 291-24 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes makes it illegal to “modify the exhaust system of a motorcycle or moped in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor.”

Violators are subject to a fine of up to $100.

“We hope that all residents, including motorcyclists, have an enjoyable holiday,” Apele said. “We can all make it more enjoyable by cooperating and being considerate enough of each other to keep the noise emitted by motorcycle engines down to the legal level.”

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