Noisy ve­hi­cles drown out sirens

Edmonton Journal - - EDITORIAL -

For­get about ed­u­ca­tion for driv­ers of noisy mo­tor­cy­cles, trucks and cars. The driv­ers are not in­ter­ested in re­duc­ing the noise from their ve­hi­cles. Start is­su­ing tick­ets.

The fac­tor that seems to have been missed by en­force­ment per­son­nel is you can­not hear the sirens from emer­gency ve­hi­cles such as am­bu­lance, po­lice or fire de­part­ment if you are be­side or be­hind the noise-mak­ers, who def­i­nitely can­not hear other ve­hi­cles. Now that spring is here the noise level from mo­tor­cy­cles is fill­ing the air.

Our re­sponse per­son­nel have a dif­fi­cult enough job try­ing to guess what oth­ers who hear them com­ing do in front of them with­out hav­ing to deal with traf­fic that can­not hear them due to noise from other ve­hi­cles. Mo­tor­cy­cles can be seen when driven prop­erly. The ex­tra noise is not needed for their safety or it would be in­cor­po­rated into our traf­fic laws. J.C. Whitelaw, Ed­mon­ton

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