My monthly letter to the editor of the Honolulu Advertiser:
Not a day goes by that a loud muffler from a motorcycle or car interrupts a television show, a conversation, or my sleep. The interruption lasts longer than just the passing by of the vehicle because car alarms usually follow. Short of shoving potatoes in the tailpipes there really isn’t much citizens can do except complain to the police, and complain I do. Nothing happens because I see the same pieces of junk drive by with the mufflers echoing through my neighborhood- 5 blocks away.
Hawaii has strict ordinances for noise offenders to include animals, construction equipment, and even boom boxes. When is the state going to get serious and start cracking down on the automotive/motorcycle noise offenders? Sadly, Hawaii’s muffler problem has gained national attention, as the state is now the butt of a Miller Lite beer commercial saluting the Hawaiian ‘Loud Muffler Guy’.
A quick Internet search showed that the Honolulu Police Department issued only 9 citations for loud mufflers in 2001. I think it is time HPD cracked down and sent a message that a piece of junk isn’t cool just because the muffler heralds its arrival 2 minutes ahead of time.