Royal Oak turns to tickets to crack down on loud motorcycle amid complaints

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Police in Royal Oak want to silence loud motorcycles. 

A local ordinance was passed last year, but they had to put on the brakes enforcing it because it came into conflict with state law. 

Now Police are using what’s called a defective equipment ticket because the loud bikes have the stock mufflers replaced with louder pipes.  

Dave Foster of Bad Pig Customs in Hazel Park says it is a balancing act for bikers. They want to make a statement, but also the noise alerts other drivers the bikes are nearby.

For police it is also a balancing act. They want the bikers in town and spending money at local restaurants and bars, but they also hear from residents who say the bikes are too loud. 

When police write a defective ticket the motorcycle owner can change the muffler back to stock and have the ticket waived.

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