Motorcycle Noise Awareness Program
Enforcement through Awareness and Education
For Immediate Release
Rider education is key to motorcycle noise reduction. Public awareness programs help with compliance with this issue.
With that in mind, the Salem Police Department, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (M.M.A.) has implemented an "Enforcement through Awareness and Education" program to help address the problem of motorcycle noise.
The program includes educating motorcycle riders about excessive and unnecessary noise as they ride through Salem’s many neighborhoods.
Salem Police Officers will be teaming up with representatives of the M.M.A. and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Inspectional Services to help inform riders of the quality-of-life issues loud motorcycle noise posses to the community. A decibel meter reading will be offered to motorcycle owners to help determine if their cycle is in compliance with state law.
Brochures with information concerning the law, health risks and responsible riding will be distributed to anyone interested*.
*Due to a conflict in the position of the Salem Police Department's discretion in the enforcement of Massachusetts General Laws concerning noise and equipment violations, Boston Harley-Davidson withdrew its support and sponsorship in this program. Unfortunately, this decision came after the Police Department spent public funds to print several hundred brochures. Boston Harley-Davidson DOES NOT support the efforts made in this program.