Redmond Police officers conducted special emphasis patrols last weekend to crack down on exhaust systems that are louder than stock specifications.
On Friday, Sept. 9, officers conducted 15 stops and cited seven vehicles for modified mufflers. On Saturday, Sept. 10, officers issued an additional 12 warnings.
Exhaust systems that are modified or removed to amplify the noise emitted by the engine are illegal in Washington State. The fine for the first offense is $149, the second offense is $190, and the third is $231. Repeat offenders who are ticketed for six equipment violations in a 12-month period will have their license suspended for 60 days.
Modified mufflers create noise pollution during all hours of the day and night.
“In response to multiple complaints from community members about the ongoing issue of loud exhaust systems on our streets and in our neighborhoods, we are dedicating resources to educate and cite drivers who violate the law,” said Chief Darrell Lowe.
Redmond police will continue to combat this ongoing problem to educate and cite drivers with modified exhaust systems. Report a crime or suspicious activity to the Redmond police non-emergency line at 425-556-2500.
Jill Green, Public Information Officer