About 50 ATVs, motor bikes taken off the streets in Yonkers crackdown on noisy vehicles
Efforts to crack down on noisy vehicles are underway in Yonkers, and officials are reporting some success.
Since launching an initiative a few months ago, Yonkers police say they've drastically reduced the number of noise complaints.
ATVs, dirt bikes, mopeds and motorcycles are piling up at a tow yard in Yonkers - about 50 of them were taken off the streets by police since the beginning of this year as they work to address the noise complaints.
"It's loud mufflers, it's so noisy and you really can't tell where its coming from," says Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller
Mueller. He says residents complain constantly, so he launched a muffler mitigation plan in May.
Since launching the initiative, the number of noise complaints has dropped compared to last year.
It's a two-prong approach. Police are impounding smaller vehicles, some of which are illegal to ride on city roadways.
"They are going through lights and not wearing helmets, not obeying any kind of traffic regulations," says Mueller.
Police are also ticketing drivers with illegally modified loud mufflers, but instead of accepting proof from a body shop that the issue is addressed, they must get inspections.
"Now we require people who get summons for loud mufflers have to come into the Yonkers Police Department and have their equipment inspected," says Mueller.
Police say it's been a success, but it may take more time for their efforts to be more noticeable.
The county also plans to install noise cameras, which function much like red-light cameras, on the Bronx River Parkway.
Last month, Westchester County legislators approved funding for a pilot program to identify noisy cars and ultimately ticket drivers for breaking the law.
State lawmakers also passed the SLEEP Act last legislative session that would increase fines and outlaw the sale and installation of devices that make vehicle mufflers louder. That bill has not been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.