Boise bans excessively loud vehicles, authorizes $100 fines



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Boise has passed an ordinance allowing authorities to issue fines of up to $100 to people whose vehicles are excessively loud.

The Idaho Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/2vbuSFK ) the "excessive exhaust and muffler noise" ordinance was passed on Tuesday and goes into effect July 31.

It prohibits the removal of muffler systems from vehicles. It also bans modifying exhaust systems in any way with the purpose of making a vehicle louder.

People who operate businesses or live near the path of Boise's downtown cruise loop have long complained about the noise. Mike Journee, city spokesman, says the cruise was the driving force behind the ordinance.

The people who cruise, however, say car noise is part of Downtown life.

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Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

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