It’s good that Charlotte County, Florida is concerned about the environment but why does the Charlotte County Commissioner’s Office and the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office refuse to stop the illegally LOUD, illegally equipped, motorcycles, automobiles, trucks, that destroy the environment with illegal NOISE and audibly assault our children, our elderly, our handicapped, our families, NIGHT and DAY? Why is beautiful Port Charlotte inundated with narcissistic vehicular NOISE THUGS who abuse the citizenry without fear of law enforcement intercession? Why are so many motor vehicles in Charlotte County illegally equipped with aftermarket exhausts that are NOT street-use legal and violate Florida State Law by emitting decibel levels in multiples of the minimally safe, legal, 80dB(A) (logarithmic) as mandated by the US EPA? You have a very serious LOUD motor vehicle problem in Charlotte County!
Sec. 316.293. Motor vehicle noise
[…] No person shall operate or be permitted to operate a vehicle at any time or under any condition of roadway grade, load, acceleration, or deceleration in such a manner as to generate a sound level in excess of the following limit for the category of motor vehicle and applicable speed limit at a distance of 50 feet from the center of the lane of travel under measurement procedures […]
This following paragraph from Section 293 is very important as it restricts using any non-original equipment which can increase noise limits on cars or other vehicles:
(5) NOISE ABATEMENT EQUIPMENT MODIFICATIONS.—
(a) No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle or any other noise-abatement device of a motor vehicle operated or to be operated upon the highways of this state in such a manner that the noise emitted by the motor vehicle is above that emitted by the vehicle as originally manufactured.
I am retired law enforcement…I am willing to discuss this pervasive plague with anyone that will listen.