SEMA eNews Vol. 13, No. 4, January 28, 2010

West Virginia Proposes to Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems

SEMA is opposing a bill to provide that the noise from a motor-vehicle exhaust system that has been deemed “disturbing or unreasonably loud” constitutes the crime of disturbing the peace. The bill has been introduced for consideration in the West Virginia State Legislature. Under the bill, violators could be fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, jailed for six months or both.

The measure does not supply law enforcement with an enforcement standard, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether an exhaust system is “disturbing or unreasonably loud.”

Read more about the bill here. For more information, contact Steve McDonald.

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