Very nicely put Mike.....here is my response to "Senator" Kline
"(This page contains a list of decibel levels of everything from guitars to jet engines!)
SOUND PRESSURE LEVELS
(in decibels - dB)
(The following is a table of common everyday sounds along with sounds common in music. The red numbers are the sound levels measured in decibels. Wherever possible, I have included the distance at which the sound level is being measured.)
Jet engine - close up
150 Snare drums played hard at 6 inches away
Trumpet peaks at 5 inches away
140 Rock singer screaming in microphone (lips on mic)
Threshold of pain
Pneumatic (jack) hammer Cymbal crash
Planes on airport runway 120
Fender guitar amplifier, full volume at 10 inches away
Power tools 110
Subway (not the sandwich shop) 100
Heavy truck traffic
80 Typical home stereo listening level
Acoustic guitar, played with finger at 1 foot away
60 Conversational speech at 1 foot away
Average office noise 50
Quiet conversation 40
Quiet office 30
Quiet living room 20
10 Quiet recording studio
0 Threshold of hearing for healthy youths
Better get your facts straight "Senator" Kline.........
"SB 5544 simply calls for the industry standard 96-decibel limit on the new 2008 models, 108 decibels on the 2007 and older models. It also sets a 55-decibel limit at the property line of any resident, and 45 decibels within 10 feet of a home. These are peoples' homes we're talking about. Having a 45-decibel noise is like a small jet take off from a neighboring airport, or like a train pulling through town. Between that and the industry standard, it's not asking much."
I won't waste too much of my time trying to convince you about your inaccuracies regarding ORV's and snowmobiles.....you have obviously made up your mind about the situation and will continue on your quest, regardless of how many responsible ORV recreationalists point out your uneducated, misinformed statements/rants. I can only say that as an elected official, you are a disgrace to your constituents posting such an inflammatory e-mail without educating yourself about the issues.
As an avid off-road motorcycle and snowmobile enthusiast, I take pride in being a responsible rider. Trail maintenance, picking up any garbage left by others, keeping our machines quiet and properly tuned to lessen the effect on the environment and educating new off-road enthusiasts are all responsibilities that myself and anyone I ride with take very seriously. I have personally seen more damage done to our eco-system from campers, hikers and equestrian people than I have ever seen from the majority of motorcycle or snowmobile enthusiasts, but since we are a minority we make an inviting target for scrutiny?
I would suggest that next time you decide to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of our fine state, you choose to go where ORV's or snowmobiles are NOT allowed.......there are thousands of miles of non-motorized areas where you can enjoy the peace and quiet without interruption. If you come across people riding illegally in THOSE areas, you have every right to be upset.....they are in violation and deserve your disdain. On the other hand, if you CHOOSE to go to one of the relatively few areas where ORV's and snowmobiles are allowed to be operated LEGALLY, don't be surprised to have your serene outdoor experience interrupted by an off-road vehicle......there are so many of us enthusiasts out there with a very limited amount of area to use, so odds are that you will have some sort of interaction with us. I can only hope that the encounter is with one of the many responsible motorsports enthusiasts in this state as opposed to one with one of the "bad apples"......I detest them as much as you obviously do, since they are ruining my sport as much as people like yourself.
As a closing statement, I find it ironic that a former ACLU lawyer would find it acceptable to vent his anger towards a specific group in the manner that you did........that is the true oxymoron. Do American Civil Liberties only apply to the issues that suit you? The last issue I would like to comment on is the stereotype of "obese" off-road enthusiasts....I am 42 years old, sit at a computer terminal the majority of my work day, yet am in excellent physical health and shape; all due to the rigors of off-road riding so any time you decide you would like to come try a motorcycle or snowmobile, feel free to contact me.....I'll be very interested to see how long you last!
Registered voter but thankfully, not in your district!