Local Law Enforcement Agencies Address Excessive Exhaust Noise in Montgomery County

by Patrick Herron

Local Law Enforcement Agencies Address Excessive Exhaust Noise in Montgomery County

From the City of Gaithersburg:

City Police & Allied Agencies Address Excessive Exhaust Noise
The joint operation took place on Apr. 20 to combat loud exhaust & excessive speed throughout the county.

Post Date:04/21/2021 10:10 AM

Law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County continue to receive numerous complaints about vehicles with modified exhausts & racing vehicles traveling throughout the Cities of Gaithersburg & Rockville and Montgomery County. Many of these types of vehicles gather at non-permitted car shows and other locations within City limits & other parts of the County. These loud & racing vehicles pose a traffic safety risk and affect the quality of life of our residents & visitors.

In a joint operation to address these concerns, allied officers & troopers from the Maryland State Police – Rockville Barrack, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Montgomery County Police, Rockville City Police, and Gaithersburg Police formed an initiative to combat loud exhaust & excessive speed violations. It took place during the evening of April 20.

The focus of the operation was along Maryland Route 355, from Professional Drive in Gaithersburg to Edmonston Drive in Rockville. Troopers from the Rockville Barrack and officers from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police & Montgomery County Police concentrated their efforts along the entire stretch, while officers from Gaithersburg Police concentrated on the portion between Professional Drive & Shady Grove Road. Officers from the Rockville City Police focused on the stretch from Shady Grove Road to Edmonston Drive.

Overall, the combined efforts yielded the following results:

  • 118 traffic stops
  • 68 citations
  • 57 warnings
  • 49 Equipment Repair Orders
  • 2 criminal arrests (1 for Controlled Dangerous Substance/1 for a warrant)
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18 comments

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Carol Soo April 21, 2021 - 12:55 pm

Glad to see this happening. Please have police check Maryland Avenue outside of New Mark Commons. The noise on any given day is excessive.

thank you.

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Nika Hamblin April 21, 2021 - 1:11 pm

How do we go about getting them to do that in our area of the county? I live near Strathmore Elem in Aspen Hill and we hear loud cars/motorcycles racing every day/night on Georgia, Connecticut, Bel Pre and Layhill. There are also 2 homeowners on our street with loud exhausts.

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Bob April 21, 2021 - 3:55 pm

I wonder if they went after Harleys too…

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Dennis April 21, 2021 - 5:23 pm

It would be unfair if they didn’t. Harleys are modified to sound like that. Making it illegal would make Rolling Thunder interesting…

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Harry Iceland April 21, 2021 - 5:12 pm

Thank you for this initiative. Some of these noisemakers frequent King Farm Blvd in Rockville also.

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Carole F April 21, 2021 - 7:30 pm

There have been countless accidents recently, some fatal, on Shady Grove Road, Midcounty Highway, the ICC and environs. There’s a lot of motorcycle and car racing, and vehicles with modified exhausts – they were out at midnight last night, sometimes 2-3am. It’s been going on unchecked for at least the past year.

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Connor e36 April 21, 2021 - 7:49 pm

‘combatting loud exhaust’ is, without a doubt, the absolute dumbest thing ive heard county police spending their time doing. next they’re going to arrest the trash truck drivers for their trucks being too loud.

“non-permitted car shows”? how about the right to assemble, granted to americans by the first ammendment

car enthusiasts have existed in the United States now for over 100 years. montgomery county police are only focusing on modified cars because, as they do in any other related matter, they want to collect more money. its a scam and its a real shame, as there is a very active car community here.

to the few people leaving their gratitude on this post, im sorry to inform you that you cannot silence the world, and i suggest you invest in some good ear plugs if you intend on trying.

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MOPARorNOCAR April 21, 2021 - 7:54 pm

Pffft. DO ya’ll hear yourselves? People put their lives into their cars. What you hear is not something you go and buy at Wal-Mart or AutoZone, it is a culmination of years of thought, sweat, and money. How dare you try and stiffle someone’s creative side. It makes noise omG! Effectively your beating a baby cause its crying, or making some noise that it shouldn’t at that present point in time.

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dd64 April 22, 2021 - 8:05 am

a racing area is also 108 in Olney Maryland…loud racing sounds all the time, especially on the weekends

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Noise abatement April 22, 2021 - 9:22 am

It’s about time. We moved to an apartment facing the Pike at Strathmore. We have motorcycles racing. One night we saw them doing what we called “pop a wheelie.” The noise and speed is certainly a safety factor. Most people who care about others concur. A sports club decided to meet at the Grosvenor Metro parking garage one night. Cars lined up along the Pike reeving their engines for several hours before Police came. Congregating in public areas is not allowed. Rent a venue!

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shanti nanan April 22, 2021 - 10:56 am

Thanks to all who worked on getting this problem addressed. I live off Maryland Avenue and I am affected by the noise is 24/7.

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Ari April 22, 2021 - 11:02 am

As someone who suffers with PTSD, this noise sometimes causes me to become paralyzed in the middle of the street.

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EJ April 22, 2021 - 12:42 pm

Why has it taken so long to address this problem. It’s all over the county. I live in Wheaton and nothing has really has be done. The noise is always in my area.

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Abi April 23, 2021 - 11:59 am

Strawberry knoll rd, has become a complete Nascar race 1/2 mile tour. From 6 am to 9 pm. Tremendously Loud!!!!

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Ra April 23, 2021 - 1:04 pm

To those complaining about their rights being taken away, what you’re doing is illegal and invasive. I went for weeks not getting any sleep due to the constant din of revving cars. Plus I’ve seen a few of these cars run lights and nearly T-Bone other cars.

As for your “investments” in these mods, no one told you t do them. It’s selfish as hell and the speed on neighborhood roads can kill. There are race tracks in the area, else maybe you could all pool your money to buy land away from neighborhoods to race.

BTW, I love to drive fast and my 6 speed sports coupe let’s me. But there’s a time and a place and I do the speed limit on municipal roads. I’ve never had nor caused an accident in the over 40 years I’ve been driving and I’m proud of that.

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Robert April 25, 2021 - 12:24 am

They know it annoys everyone for miles around but they just don’t care. It’s beyond selfish and the attention-seeking children who like making their cars go vroom vroom need to grow up or have their illegally modified cars impounded until they’re able to grow up.

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Sharon B April 25, 2021 - 10:03 am

Thanks for addressing exhaust issue!!

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G J May 3, 2021 - 1:38 am

Here it is 1:30 am and tomorrow is a workday and I’m still up due to the constant revving, speeding and loud noise on Georgia Av. It is incredibly selfish that people actually modify their cars just so they can be disturb everyone for mikes around as they speed on Georgia Av. Back in the day, I had muffler problems and my car was noisy until I replaced the whole exhaust system. Needless to say, I was so embarrassed.it’s hard to believe people install something on their cars to make this noise. This needs to be outlawed.

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