May 1, 2016

Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet

For immediate release

Larry Deal
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Ted Rueter
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Chapel Hill: The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet for their “Bikers on the Beltway” federal lobbing event in Washington, DC on May 12, 2016. The bikers’ objective: lobbying Congress to support the “End Motorcycle Profiling Act of 2016.” This bill is truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

State motorcycle rights organizations have successfully duped a couple of state legislatures into enacting anti-motorcycle profiling laws. Now the bikers want a national standard.

Larry Deal, a Noise Free America member, commented that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation “wants a federal anti-motorcycle profiling law which would confer bikers with protected class status. It would provide them with a federal civil lawsuit provision to help them stop the police from enforcing laws they wish to get away with violating. The MRF deems law enforcement which targets motorcycle riders as illegal ‘profiling’ and ‘a matter of civil liberties.’ That is a load of hooey and Congress should know better than to buy into it!”

The bikers are roaming the halls of Congress in packs to hoodwink their members of Congress into enacting a so-called “Bikers’ Civil Rights Act.” They are delivering their talking points to get Congress to kowtow to their desires.

Deal stated, “I wonder if there will be any opposition to the MRF’s proposed ‘keep the big bad law enforcement wolf away from bikers’ bill and if those federal legislators will hear from those who know what the MRF is really up to? Or will the opposition remain silent and let a completely dishonest, highly deceptive piece of legislation take center stage? The MRF’s horrendous bill is aimed at protecting law-breaking bikers from being held accountable to the rule of law.”

Ted Rueter, director of Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet, commented that “motorcycle riders are not shy about asking for special favors from Congress and state legislatures, but Congress should not grant them this favor. The vast majority of motorcycle riders modify or remove their exhaust system—in direct violation of the federal Noise Control Act of 1972.”

Rueter concluded, “It is a popular misconception that motorcycles are naturally noisy; in fact, when motorcycles roll off the assembly line, they are perfectly quiet. Every loud motorcycle on the streets is loud because of the deliberate actions of motorcyclists. Federal, state, and local officials should vigorously enforce existing laws on motorcycle noise—not grant special favors to motorcyclists.”

Noise Free America is a national citizens’ organization opposed to noise pollution. Past “winners” of the Noisy Dozen award include the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association, the West Houston Reguladores Motorcycle Club, and the Pennsylvania Harley Owners Group.