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Delegates suppressed motorists by large discharge or modification

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The Collier County Sheriff’s Office set up an operation to hunt down motorists with loud or modified exhaust noises Thursday morning.

This happened after residents said they were fed up with the loud noises from those vehicles.

“The doors and windows are closed, the TV is on, and you can hear the modified silencers. It was a nightmare,” said Mary Tatigan, a member of a group called ‘Quiet Florida.

Tatigan believes that loud noise affects heart health and mental health anxiety. She said at her house these noises start at 5:30 a.m. and last until 9 p.m.

“Where I live, it has become almost uninhabitable,” says Tatigan. “The noise is unbelievable,” she said. “At the weekend, it’s like we’re living on a racetrack.”

The sheriff’s office says it’s illegal to drive with a modified and noisy exhaust system in Florida. The state code states that for any vehicle with a combined gross weight rating or gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more, the sound level must not exceed 86 db when traveling 35 miles. /hour or less. For speeds above 35 mph, the sound level should not exceed 90 db.

This applies to vehicles on or after January 1, 1975.

Delegates set up an operation off Collier Avenue between Golden Gate Parkway and Vanderbilt Beach Road early Thursday morning.

During that time, the delegates measured noise levels and gave five citations.

“We have seen an increase in the last few years. We’re here targeting that to let motorists know that it’s illegal,” said Lieutenant Dave Bruening.

The number of people using large exhaust systems has skyrocketed over the past five years.

Here are the totals for warnings and citations:

  • 19 years 2018
  • 43 in 2019
  • 69 in 2020
  • 669 in 2021

Delegates said the number is high because more people are moving to the area and because computers make it easier for vehicles to make those loud sounds.

“Computer programs are out there to make it backfire into sounds like gunfire and things like that,” says Bruening.

You will be fined $113 for modifying the exhaust.

“We didn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun,” Tatigan said. “But this noise is a health problem and it affects our quality of life.”

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/13/deputies-crack-down-on-drivers-with-loud-or-modified-exhausts/ Delegates suppressed motorists by large discharge or modification

Tom Vazquez

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