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Altered Exhaust Systems
Chief’s Conference Room
October 7, 2004
8:30 a.m.

Present:
Chief Velez Mr. Andy Anderson
Deputy Chief McElderry Mr. Mike Stokes
Sgt. Goldston Mr. Bob Leeke
Sgt. Spanswick Mt. Stephen Turner
Officer ShieldsMr. Jim Wear
Diane Ramsey Mr. Greg Timm

Chief Velez thanked the group for attending the meeting and provided 3rd quarter altered exhaust violation statistics:

174 Cars 87.5%
18 Motorcycles 9.0%
7 Trucks 3.5%

Sgt. Goldston handed out two draft documents:

- Exhaust System – Public Education (Consumers)

- Exhaust System – Public Education (Dealers)

Sgt. Goldston asked for comments regarding the first documented entitled Exhaust System – Public Education (Dealers). Comments included:

1. Asking dealers to stop stocking, selling and installing ALL illegal exhaust systems is too harsh; should look at asking them to stop stocking the “worst offender” type of pipes. Even if dealers stop selling these in Colorado Springs, consumers can purchase them by mail order over the internet.

Modify to read: Ask for dealers to stop stocking, selling, and installing straight pipes and unmuffled exhaust.”

2. Although some after market muffler systems are as quiet as the original equipment, they are still technically illegal without the EPA compliance stamp.

3. Harley Davidson has a noise meter and would be willing to, along with CSPD, measure approximately 30 different exhaust systems and calibrate the noise levels of each under the same conditions. These test results could then be published and consumers could make their own decisions.

After discussion of these items, the group agreed to send a letter to local shops letting them know we are working on these issues, what we are discussing, and where we are headed. Sgt. Goldston will prepare a draft letter which will be sent out to the committee for recommendations and approval.

A time table will be prepared with the end of February 2005 as the target date to complete several of the discussed items.

On February 11-13, 2005, there will be a motorcycle expo. It was suggested that some of the police department motor officers attend this expo. This would be a good place to hand out information.

Follow-up:

Mr. Wear stated that a friend had recently been driving his motorcycle down Powers Blvd. Mr. Wear states this person was not speeding or driving recklessly, however, was stopped for no reason.

The police department followed-up on this information and submits the following information from the police officer who wrote the ticket:

The affidavit reads as follows,
“On 8/20/04 at 11:03AM I was northbound in the middle lane at North Powers at Constitution. I observed the subject in the left northbound through lane a car length ahead of me. The noise from the Harley exhaust system was offensively loud. The noise was well above normal roadway noise levels. The noise made chronic and loud backfires. I contacted the driver who complained he hadn’t been ticketed in years. I examined both tail pipes and noticed there was little baffling inside of the pipes. Neither pipe had the EPA 80db stamp.”

 




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