Police in Calgary have partnered up with a company to install the Noise Snare, a sound-activated traffic camera designed to automatically ticket loud vehicles. According to The Calgary Herald, the device would typically cost municipalities around $112,500 Canadian, though the company behind the technology has been kind enough to supply one unit free of charge as part of a pilot program that could see the system spread across North America.

Those cited by the technology will likely be forced to pay a $200 fine, though the final amount will be decided by Calgary's city council soon. The city also plans to offer free clinics to motorists who may be concerned that their vehicles are too loud.

The Noise Snare was originally invented by Mark Nesdoly after a motorcycle woke up his daughter one evening, and the system seems to be geared toward targeting loud bikes.

We aren't of the mind that loud pipes save lives, but we do see more than a few issues with the plan if it were to be applied in the States. Most states lack concrete ordinances on vehicle noise, relying instead on improper equipment citations to discourage loud aftermarket exhausst. Then there's the question of what happens when a factory vehicle earns its owner a crisp new ticket in the mail.


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      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      How long before some prankster stands next to the camera with an airhorn?
      AZTrafEng
      • 3 Years Ago
      I get the concept of a loud bike being heard, but guess what, I can see you too. Unless you are riding in my blind spot or flying by me at 90 on the freeway I won't miss you, in fact I make a point of noting when a motorcycle is around. If anything I've seen more people swerve wildly and almost hit bikers who have exhausts as loud as gunshots because they think they are being shot at. I know I'll probably be working on some pilot studies of this eventually in the US, so I'll reserve my judgment until I see how well they actually work. One caveat though, I hope they institute this as a nighttime pilot project first since most cities do have decibel ordinances after 10PM weekdays and 12AM on weekends instead of trying to create one that works for both night and day.
      chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proper gear, awareness, and good riding skills do far more to saving a life than obnoxiously loud pipes. Loud pipes do not save lives; they just piss everyone else off and make you look like a douchebag.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please install 30 of these in my city, I can't stand idiotic loud motorcycle (or car) exhausts. Do they really craze attention that badly they need 100db+ exhaust? Not to single out Harleys but MOST of the irritatingly loud exhaust around my part of town come from Harleys, there are plenty of Honda cruisers and sport bikes around but 90% of the time it's the Harleys.
      icon149
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the idea for coffee can exhaust clap trap cars... hate the idea for classic muscle cars that only come out on sundays... mixed feeling about motorcycles. a tastefully throaty exhaust is fine, the obnoxious stuff... yeah ticket away.
      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The city also plans to offer free clinics to motorists who may be concerned that their vehicles are too loud." Oh, sign me right up for that. @_@
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim
        I'm there, man. So füčking there, dropping everything on that day to roar down to the clinic in my Magnaflow-equipped turbo econobox. We can all hold hands at the clinic, have a good cry about the abuse our sensitive ears have to endure at the hands of these social miscreants.
      dklkse1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is there any way this could be fool-proof (real question, not rhetorical)? Can't wait to see how many tickets are issued to nearby city workers with jackhammers, before they figure it out...
      Matt Brown
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I bought my bike it had loud mufflers on it which I immediately took off and replaced with OEM mufflers. I don't want to be that guy, because that guy is a shallow a-hole. Loud pipes save lives, but bright orange vests save more lives. So lets say if you want loud pipes you have to wear an orange vest and one of those flashing orange lights bolted to your helmet. I mean, if saving lives is really what you're trying to accomplish, and not just futilely trying to convince people that you're a bad ass mofo.
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder how it targets a specific vehicle and is able to isolate the exhaust noise from other noises from nearby vehicles or even that same vehicle (rain on concrete roads is fairly loud even on touring tires) and a Semi-Truck rolling past while you drive past: could that tip the scales?
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for them to implement it in the US. Can they also do something about cars with really loud music - loud enough that you can't hear your own radio, even with your windows rolled up.
        Agilis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        I used to have a Chevy Tahoe with a powerful sound system in it but never would I approach a traffic stop light or stop sign without turning the volume down. I always felt that it would be rude if I didn't. I saved my system's potential for parking lots with friend and when I was not in the car. Sadly, kids these days don't understand this.
      bk
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm from Calgary and I hope this works on those idiots with the 120 decibel Harleys.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      how will loud bikers be able to show how tiny their penises are now?
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