Why Don't Cops Do Something About Loud Pipes?

There was a question submitted to the Muscatine Journal, the newspaper for Muscatine, Iowa, by a reader about loud motorcycle pipes... Why ...

Angry old ladyThere was a question submitted to the Muscatine Journal, the newspaper for Muscatine, Iowa, by a reader about loud motorcycle pipes...
Why are motorcycles in Muscatine allowed to break the law (city noise ordinance and state code) with their illegal mufflers or straight pipes when cars are not? Legally, they are disturbing the peace, according to the police department.
The newspaper goes to explain the actual police protocol with concern to loud vehicles and what the police has done in the past about it. It also goes on to say that police will be cracking down on loud vehicles, though not exclusively motorcycles.

However, the newspaper didn't really answer the crux of this person's question, and that is, "How come the cops haven't been busting more bikers with loud pipes?"

Now, I don't know Muscatine, Iowa. But I will say that "loud pipes" is a relative term. Let's consider this question, "How come cops don't bust garbage trucks for making excessive noise at 7:00 in the morning?" Or, "How come semi-trucks are allowed to roll through neighborhoods while people are sleeping?" It seems motorcycles are not the only thing that's loud.

The answer is that cops have other things to do, like busting speeders and setting up sobriety check points. If Muscatine, Iowa is like any other municipality, it doesn't have enough cops to adequately address EVERY single law violation that goes on.

So, if you want cops to spend more time busting bikers with loud pipes, then I guess all of Muscatine, Iowa should step forward and volunteer to pay double the taxes they are already paying, to afford more cops.

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