Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NW Burbs
Location: NW Burbs
Sportbike: '2001 CBR1100XX
Years Riding: 14
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ABATE has been confronting this one for about 6 months now. Basically, Natarus is spouting his noise policies again, and I guess his constiuents support him. ABATE was actually trying to work with Natarus in getting the word out to all motorcyclists to keep the sound down in residential areas. Apparently, that hasn't been good enough for him.
My advice to anyone who gets a ticket is to FIGHT IT! If they write you up for loud pipes or a noise violation, they don't have a leg to stand on. If the cops are actually carrying decibel meters, they would have to know how to operate it, what the law actually states for decibel readings including what dB at what distance at what speed, and proof of calibration. Basically, a documentation nightmare. All burden of proof on the officer. What they can get you on is aftermarket equipment.
I unfortunately don't remember the particulars of how exactly they're prosecuting, but this was brought up at the Chicago ABATE's meeting last week and they went into the details of how the city is enforcing it.
There are only two ways anyone here can fight Naturus and any law he passes.
1) If you live in the 42nd ward, vote him out of office. Contact everyone in your area, especially those that depend on TV to let them know what is going on, and let them know what is really happening and the string of other things he's been trying to pass.
2) If you do not live in the 42nd ward, or even if you do, check out ABATE. Go to a local chapter general meeting in your area and find out what they're all about and how you can fight Natarus or any motorcycle laws that you disagree with. They are usually the first to know about legislature in the works and the first to do anything about it. They also have a strong presence in Springfield.
Only together can we stop the government from legislating us into oblivion. Not one of us can do it alone. Unless you're Daley.
... and away we go.....
- Let those that Ride Decide!
- Gun Control is not Crime Control!
Last edited by flyby; 09-26-2005 at 01:44 PM.