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Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2003

By: The LACar Editorial Staff


By Contributing Editor BRIAN CAULDILL

A bill (H.B. 5145) to increase the fine to $150 for violation of the state's exhaust noise law has been introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly. Current Connecticut law prohibits "excessive, unusual or unnecessary exhaust noise" but fails to define these terms.

We Urge You to Call, Fax or E-Mail Your Own State Legislators Immediately to Oppose This Bill * H.B. 5145 does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.* H.B. 5145 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.

* H.B. 5145 fails to recognize that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.

* H.B. 5145 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.

Call, fax or e-mail your own state legislators immediately to oppose this legislation. This bill tramples on the rights of vehicle enthusiasts in Connecticut. If you need assistance in determining who your own legislators are, please contact the Connecticut General Assembly's General Information Line at 860/240-0100. This information can also be obtained by calling the SEMA Washington, D.C. office at 202/783-6007 ext. 39 or via the Internet at . Please be certain to include your name and address on all correspondence

For our records, please e-mail a copy of your letter to [email protected]"> [email protected] or send to the information below:

SEMA Government Affairs 1317 F Street, NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20004 202-783-6024 (fax)

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