Opp Police Say Fix Your Muffler Or Get A Ticket


By Catalina Trivino

Opp police are cracking down on excessive noise caused by car mufflers and exhaust pipes. Soon, having a loud car could get you a ticket.

Officers tell us there are sound and breach-of-peace ordinances they can use to keep down the car noise, but there's a state law in the books regarding these mufflers that leaves no grey area.

You hear it all the time... that revved up sound of a soupped up muffler. But to some neighbors, the sound of traffic is becoming a nightmare.

"I have had one that goes by quite often that I had thought about speaking to the police about, but if we're having a problem and other people are having a problem, I think it ought to be addressed," Said one Opp neighbor, Jean Norman.

"We've received several complaints from people about loud mufflers. These are people that live along some of the major roadways that transect town... and complaining about mufflers keeping them awake," Said Opp Police Chief, Mike McDonald.

Which is why police plan to turn down the noise. In a few weeks, the soundtrack of loud mufflers and exhaust pipes will get you a ticket.

Between now and March 8, Opp Police can pull you over with a warning. And a tip to drivers -- beware -- police say they're serious about monitoring improper mufflers and exhaust pipes. In the first 10 minutes of one officer's patrol shift, a car was pulled over for its loud muffler.

Alabama law specifically states, "every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler, cut out, bypass, a muffler without baffles or a similar device upon a motor vehicle on a highway,"

Officers tell us starting March 9, violators of this law will pay a ticket of $171.

For those who get a ticket, it can be dismissed before you go to court if you get the muffler fixed and have an Opp police officer check it out.

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