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City of West Hollywood to Crack Down on Excessive Motorcycle Noise within City Limits

WHAT:     The City of West Hollywood will hold a news conference to 
          announce the implementation of its new zero tolerance policy
          on excessive motorcycle noise within the city limits Today, 
          June 20, 2005 at 5 p.m. in front of West Hollywood Park, 647
          N. San Vicente Boulevard.  The zero tolerance policy will be
          put in place to improve the quality of life for West 
          Hollywood residents and visitors, many of whom have 
          complained over the years about the bothersome motorcycle 
          noise generated from motorcycle mufflers.    
          Although new motorcycles are equipped with legal mufflers 
          whose noise limits are in compliance with the California 
          Vehicle Code, some motorcycle owners replace the stock 
          mufflers with illegal mufflers that are lighter, create more
          horse power and generate excessive noise.  Demonstrations of
          legal versus illegal motorcycle noise will take place 
          immediately following the press conference with motorcycles 
          that are equipped with stock and non-stock mufflers.    
          West Hollywood Sheriff's deputies will aggressively cite any
          motorcycle riders who are not in compliance with the 
          California Vehicle Code.  The first infraction will be a fix
          it ticket and any subsequent violations will be infractions.
          The L.A. County Sheriff's Department, West Hollywood Station
          will maintain an updated data base of all motorcycle noise 
          violators.  Replacement of a legal stock muffler can cost as
          much as $1000.

WHO:      Members of the West Hollywood City Council; West Hollywood 
          Sheriff's Station Captain David Long; motorcycle 
          enthusiasts; West Hollywood community members

WHEN:     Today, June 20, 2005
          5 p.m.

WHERE:    West Hollywood Park (in front of auditorium)
          647 N. San Vicente Boulevard
          West Hollywood