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We've really got to step up here and stop this! It truly is discrimination!

"STOP SENATE BILL SB5544!

PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE YOUR ORV

The Washington State Legislature is currently considering drastic changes to

the offroad vehicle noise laws.

The proposed changes would include creating maximum sound levels for riding

near any residence, regardless of where that residence is located or how it

is zoned. It would become illegal to ride if your bike is either plainly

audible or exceeds 45 decibels from inside of, or with 10 feet of any

residence. This would even include residences that are on farm land, forest

land or in an industrial area. It would also be illegal to ride if your bike

exceeds 55 decibels at the property line. The fine for this new crime would

be a minimum of $100, going up to a maximum of $800.

These new limits would only apply to your dirtbike or quad. It would not

apply to other, more common sources of residential noise such as lawnmowers,

chainsaws, cars, trucks, boats, airplanes, stereos, playgrounds, ballfields,

etc. It is just plain discrimination against ORV use and has nothing to do

with keeping neighborhoods quiet.

If this becomes law, forget about riding any track in the State of

Washington. Also, you can count on the vast majority of riding areas

shutting down.

You can find additional information on this subject at

http://www.stumpjumpers.org/legislative/

Contact your State Senator and two House of Representatives members NOW!

Let them know what you think of this discriminatory piece of legislation.

Find them on the web at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx

Or send them a phone message using 1-800-562-6000

DO IT NOW - YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE IS AT STAKE!"

Tod Petersen

Vice President NMA

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