Metro East town steps up enforcement on motorcycle noise violators

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Posted on April 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 6:19 AM

ALTON, Illinois (KMOV) -- Alton Police say they are increasing enforcement of a city noise ordinance targeting loud motorcycles.

The department has been responding to multiple complaints about bikers revving up their engines and loud mufflers in neighborhoods.

Alton Police Chief David Hayes said officers have been mostly lenient in enforcing the noise ordinance. Now he says he wants police to skip warnings and immediately write tickets for bikers who do not keep down the noise.

Officers are not measuring decibel levels. They are looking for mufflers modified to make more noise and watching biker behavior.

Police say the noise violation is a $120 fine. Since the violation is equipment-related, points are not taken off a biker's license.

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