In the summer of 2004, local motorcycle rights enthusiasts voiced concerns about the way the Colorado Springs Police Department was enforcing the law relating to loud/altered exhaust systems. On August 22 and 23, both sides presented their positions to the Colorado Springs City Council. I directed both sides to form a working group and explore possible compromises. In September, the Mayor's Task Force, comprised of local motorcycle advocates, motorcycle dealership representatives, and members of the police department began meeting and discussing a range of related topics.
The following points were determined:
As a result of the work of the task force, plans were made, and will be put into action, to address the issues of all parties. Task Force members, local dealers and police have agreed to work together to conduct sound tests on a number of systems to try and help consumers make informed, reasonable decisions from the limited choices for noise compliant, aftermarket exhaust systems.
A public education campaign will be developed by Task Force members to inform dealers and consumers of their legal responsibilities, and ask for voluntary compliance. Task Force members will also hold voluntary, noise testing sessions to give people the opportunity to check the noise output of their machines against legal standards and make corrections to avoid enforcement. The police department will continue to train officers each year, presenting the results of testing, and will focus street enforcement at the most obnoxious sources of noise.
I believe that when community members work together with law enforcement, a greater understanding brings greater solutions to the problems that frustrate our community. I appreciate the efforts of every member of this task force for coming together to work on a reasonable, acceptable resolution to this issue and I ask you to join them in working together for the benefit of all members of our community.