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Electronic Sound Decibel Reader To Target Loud Mufflers, Motorcycles

LONG BEACH ( — A campaign to warn Long Beach motorcycle riders that their bikes are too noisy was set to debut Thursday.

City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal partnered with Public Works staffers to develop an electronic sign after residents along Ocean Boulevard complained about noise from illegally modified mufflers on motorcycles.

The sign acts as a sound decibel reader that will flash a warning whenever a passing car or motorcycle is too loud.

Lowenthal told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that while the decibel reader is for public awareness only and will not be used for enforcement purposes, it will still serve as a good reminder for motorists.

Long Beach City Councilmember Suja Lowenthal

"Part of the problem that people don't realize is that you might be going down a beautiful corridor, looking at the ocean on one side, but that's somebody's neighborhood," Lowenthal said.

The signboard and enforcement will arrive just before the Memorial Day weekend and start to the summer season, when riders with illegal mufflers are most prevalent, according to Lowenthal.

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