Barrie police hear me roar, says city council, urging service to do more to halt disruptive noise

Police asked to review opportunities to enhance their response to noise

City councillors have rubber-stamped a motion asking Barrie police to review opportunities to enhance their response to noise that is disruptive to others.

Council wants police to pay special attention to motor vehicle noise, and has asked for a memorandum outlining the results of the review.

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman

Councillors also want police to provide all data from Project Wake-Up Call, which was a blitz police conducted last summer on vehicles making unnecessary noise on city streets, along with speeding infractions and stop signs. This took place twice a week during a four-week period. Police charged 25 people with having an improper muffler.

As well, council wants to know how Citizens on Patrol are being deployed in efforts by police to deal with unwanted noise.

Discussion about unwanted noise is nothing new at City Hall.

In June, during a debate about reducing the speed limit on Lakeshore Drive, attention turned to the issue of noisy mufflers.

At the time, a staff report to general committee indicated by-law officers would not be able to assist police with noise enforcement involving vehicles because they do not have the authority under the Highway Traffic Act to stop or pull them over.

Staff looked at the cities of Guelph and London and neither municipality conducts joint blitzes involving police and by-law for this type of offence, and complaints about noisy mufflers and vehicles are referred directly to the police.

Barrie police spokesman Peter Leon told Barrie 360 in June that most of the noise cases officers deal with involve the removal of the muffler and running with a straight pipe.

It’s a $110 fine and no points lost because it’s not a moving violation.

Leon credited the community for making the service aware of areas in the city where there is excessive speed happening and noise taking place.

“Drivers who illegally modify their vehicles are doing it for one reason only,” said Leon at the time. “They want to be heard and they want to be seen.”