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“Does the county have a noise ordinance for loud vehicles, especially motorcycles? If it does, is it ever enforced?”
– Shirley, Rhinelander
The Star Journal asked Lloyd J. Gauthier, Lieutenant and Patrol Division Commander for the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department. Gauthier responded:
“Oneida County does not have a ordinance directly related to motorcycles. We take our enforcement from Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Laws. These are described below. The bond amount for violation is $175. As for enforcement, we periodically do issue citations for this offense.”
“Trans 305.39: Every motorcycle shall be equipped with a functioning exhaust system that is maintained in proper working condition so as to reduce engine noise. The exhaust system shall be maintained in conformity with this section. Every exhaust system shall be maintained free of leaks from the engine exhaust ports through the piping and muffler to the end of the exhaust system. A protective shield or insulated section shall be provided for any portion of the exhaust system that extends above and to the rear of the foot pegs or rests. No person may operate a motorcycle without a functioning muffler.”
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