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Be quiet. It’s the law.

Long Beach residents in the eastern part of the city have had an earful of Harleys and other overly noisy vehicles and the Long Beach Police Department’s East Division is warning motorists that officers will be ticketing operators of excessively loud motorcycles and other vehicles, according to LBPD spokeswoman Jen De Prez.

Electronic message boards have been set up at four locations along Ocean Boulevard and Second Street stating that loud pipes will be ticketed and, as a result of a law passed on Jan. 1, 2019, violators won’t just be gently warned, because a citation is now mandatory and no longer correctable with a “fix it” ticket. Violators face fines as high as $1,000.

According to De Prez, the campaign to crack down on noisy cyclists comes in response to complaints from residents in East Long Beach, and officers will issues tickets if they observe an altered exhaust or muffler system.

The law regarding motorcycle noise states that cycles manufactured in 1969 and later must not exceed 88 decibels, depending on the year the bike was made.

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