Police Warn Against Excessive Noise From Mufflers 03-22-01

PHONE: 961-2305
MARCH 22, 2001


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

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

Police are calling for cooperation from motorists in general and motorcyclists in particular.

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.”

He said 291-24.5 also makes it illegal to “use on a public highway, sell, alter or install a muffler which will noticeably increase the noise emitted by a motor vehicle above that emitted by the vehicle as equipped from the factory.”

Violators of the motorcycle law are subject to a fine of up to $100; those who violate the motor vehicle law are subject to a fine of up to $250.

Apele noted that police are getting public complaints about excessive noise from motorcycles and motor vehicles, and said police will be on the lookout for violators.

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