By Wyatt Earp | September 27, 2008
Finally, Philadelphia City Council is addressing the pressing issues of our fair city.
What would we do without you, Councilman Frank DiCicco?
A Philadelphia city councilman wants to reign in motorcycles with altered mufflers that blast you out of bed.
“Vroooom! That’s a quiet one. Its very loud.”
City Councilman Frank DiCicco does a poor imitation of a loud motorcycle, the type with modified mufflers that drive him up a wall:
“There’s no need in my mind for the baffles to be removed from that muffler system. If you or I did that to our car, we would be given a ticket.”
So DiCicco’s plan is a measure that, if approved, would result in a 15-hundred dollar ticket for any biker with a modified muffler:
“This is a quality of life issue, one of the incivilities of city life, which I think we can do something about.” (H/T – KYW1060)
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. You see, this is the problem with so-called “quality of life” crimes: the politicians and police officials force the officers to focus upon them, and as a result, some of the larger crimes go unnoticed. This week in my division, we have had our hands full with minor narcotics arrests and arrests for “false ID to police” – as if anyone who gets arrested wants to give their real name. I cannot tell you the last time an officer brought in a gun pinch.
But, you know, one packet of weed is much more dangerous than a gun, right?
Philadelphia is a city struggling with bankruptcy. It is a city where crime is out of control. It is a city that has seen four police officers murdered in the last eleven months. And during these trying times, what is the main concern of our local politicians? Noisy motorcycles.