Loud Vehichles Beware! New Electronic Sign Detects Illegal Mufflers

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Residents are invited to join Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and the Long Beach Police Department for a demonstration of a prototype electronic signboard with decibel reader that notifies motorcyclists and drivers of vehicles with illegally modified mufflers that they are too loud and will be cited.

Lowenthal partnered with Public Works staff to develop the prototype in response to complaints by Ocean Blvd. corridor residents about the noise caused by illegally modified mufflers on motorcycles in the canyon-like corridor of high rises on Ocean.

The signboard and enforcement comes just in time for Memorial Day weekend and start to the summer season, when riders with illegal mufflers are most prevalent. The sound decibel reader is for public awareness only and will not be used for enforcement purposes.

“We welcome those riders with legal mufflers and hope they enjoy the many attractions and restaurants our city has to offer,” said Lowenthal. “The main idea is to send a message that illegal mufflers will not be tolerated and discourage those riders from coming to Long Beach.”

The Electronic Sign Board & Decibel Reader Demonstration Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 9:00 am – 9:30 am at 310 West Ocean Blvd. Across from City Hall, in front of Camden Harbor View Apartments.

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