The Barrie Police Service has been cracking down on loud vehicles lately, in a blitz known as Project Noisemaker.
The Service has been posting to its social media channels about a number of drivers stopped recently, accused of driving noisy vehicles. “In most cases, they’ve removed the muffler and they’re running what’s referred to as a straight pipe, right from the engine all the way back to the rear bumper area,” said Barrie Police spokesperson Peter Leon.
No muffler Monday is almost over & the #BarriePolice Traffic Unit has had another busy day with a number of vehicle stops for the offence that everyone’s talking about. One car at a time, we’ll hand out the fine. Proud to be part of #ProjectNoisemaker & #CommittedToOurCommunity. pic.twitter.com/5Ocy48uq93— Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) July 14, 2020
“I think they’re proud of their vehicles they want to be seen. They want to be heard and I can tell you, they’re certainly being heard,” continued Leon. “We’re hearing them from distances away, and everybody else’s as well.”
This blitz on noisy vehicles came about following a few calls. “It is the result of some complaints,” said Leon. “We did have some issues and concerns that were raised by the public … specific to the loud noise emitting from a lot of vehicles in our city.”
Leon says these vehicles are being stopped when they’re heard, and the driver will usually be charged with driving without a muffler. He adds the motorist could be hit with a charge of excessive noise, too. Each carries a fine of $110.