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Motorcyclists protest noise ordinance enforcement

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Bikers protested outside the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center Saturday afternoon Bikers protested outside the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center Saturday afternoon
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Motorcyclists gathered outside the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center Saturday afternoon to protest the enforcement of the noise ordinance.

Since the Safe Community Task Force recommended to the City Council last year citizens want stronger enforcement of the noise ordinance, the Dubuque Police Department has been cracking down on excessive noise.

The ordinance applies to any excessively loud vehicle or device, but some bikers say they feel police are targeting them.

At Saturday's protest, each biker had a different motorcycle, but their conversations were the same.

"When we got our first ticket, we were down on Main Street," protest organizer and motorcyclist Trevor Blum said.

"I got a ticket here in my pocket," motorcyclist Kevin Buelow said.

Buelow's ticket is for improper exhaust.

"Never ever got stopped before for loud pipes," he said. "This is the first time ever out of 18 years of driving, and I was doing 25 miles per, up Windsor."

The motorcyclists at the protest said loud pipes alert drivers of their presence and prevent crashes, but not every biker is taking to the road as much anymore.

"You know, you're just getting tickets for it, because the community's complaining too much, so police are cracking down on it," Blum said. "It just gets frustrating. You don't even necessarily want to ride your bike sometimes."

The Dubuque Police Department said officers don't carry decibel meters. Currently, police say, if a reasonable person might find the noise of any vehicle excessively loud, officers can give a ticket.

"We're just asking for fairness, you know," Buelow said. "Test it. If it's loud, give us a ticket, but, I mean, the officer's discretion, it's not right."

The EPA requires stock motorcycle exhaust systems to run at 80 decibels or fewer.

The bikers said they plan to take their case to the Dubuque City Council at its next regular meeting, on July 5.

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