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NMA Reporter 2009-06-27 12:26

Albuquerque, New Mexico to Make Engine Revving a Crime
 
<b>Article: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Make Engine Revving a Crime</b>

<A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/28/2820.asp" TITLE="Read More: Tachometer"><IMG SRC="http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/pix/revved.jpg" ALT= "Tachometer" HEIGHT="131" WIDTH="190" ALIGN="RIGHT" BORDER="1"></A>Revving your engine will soon be a crime punishable by a fine of up to $500 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mayor Martin Chavez (D) proposed adding a blip of the throttle to the city ordinance listing "nuisances" that the city uses as a justification to seize automobiles. The city council is expected to vote on the idea next month.<br><br>"It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in exhibition driving in the Downtown Quiet Zone by operating a vehicle in a manner that willfully creates excessive engine noise because of revving the engine to magnify the engine noise," the proposed ordinance states.<br><br>The quiet zone is set up in a half-mile square encompassing the core of the downtown area, although a further amendment is expected to allow ticketing anywhere in the city. As written, the proposal allows fines of up to $500, imprisonment and car seizure as penalties. The city says it intends only to charge $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second and $500 for a third.<br><br>At first, Chavez will ask police set up traps to ticket motorcyclists before going after other motorists. In 2006, a UK court took a different route to criminalize such conduct. <a href="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/13/1347.asp">It jailed a man</a> for what the judge called "revving his car in a racist manner."<br><br>A copy of the proposed ordinance is available in a 100k PDF file at the source link below. <A HREF="http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/28/2820.asp#source" TITLE="Read Source: ">Source</A>


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