Berkley Democratic Rep. Natalie Price doesn’t like loud cars, and she’s pushing legislation to ensure folks who do pay the price.

Her issue with “vehicles intentionally modified to create excessive noise” stems mostly from motorists on the M-1 Highway, better known as Woodward Avenue, though her House Bill 5696 will apply to all Michigan vehicles.

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“Day and night, Woodward is often used as a racetrack by drivers who have modified their vehicle’s exhaust systems with boosters that amplify their noise and often sound like gunshots. The effect is deafening noise and a seriously eroded quality of life for residents and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods,” Price said in a statement. “We need to clamp down on this purposefully disruptive behavior with a targeted approach.”

Michigan already has laws that set specific decibel limits on vehicles and motorcycles, but officials contend the current $100 fine for a civil infraction isn’t enough of a disincentive for some to violate the law. There’s also jurisdictional issues for local law enforcement due to Woodward’s status as a state highway.

Price’s HB 5696 would give police officers the explicit authority to stop vehicles for excessive noise, and allow them to impound vehicles of repeat offenders. The legislation also ratchets up the $100 fine to $500 for a first offense, which would be waived if the driver can show the vehicle complies with the law before their scheduled court date, the Huron Daily Tribune reports.

A second offense would come with a $1,000 fine, cut to $500 if the issue is resolved before court, while a third offense would constitute a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine.

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“We’re well aware of the issue of modified vehicles and drag racing on our roads. Existing law limits what we can do about it, and unfortunately, the current $100-per-offense civil infractions do not seem to deter this behavior,” Birmingham Police Chief Scott Grewe said. “With higher penalties for those intentionally seeking to disturb the peace, this bill will hopefully disincentivize vehicle modification and offer us more tools to deal with those who continue doing so.”

Price insists her bill won’t apply to folks with mufflers in disrepair, or motorcyclists with louder exhausts that help alert motorists on the road.

“If a vehicle is loud due to neglect or an accident, those aren’t the people being targeted with this legislation,” she told Bridge Michigan.

“Our local public safety tells us that those (high performance) modifications are clearly detected visually, that they can document that easily with their body cams,” Price said. “That’s who is being targeted with this legislation.”

Those who will benefit from HB 5696, Price said, include young children, seniors, veterans with PTSD, and others recovering from health issues. She points to research that links noise pollution to stress, lack of sleep, mental health disorders, diabetes, and memory attention and concentration issues.

Alyssa Marsack, a constituent in Price’s district, explained how the problems on Woodward have played out for her family and neighbors when Price introduced the legislation on April 29.

“My neighbor came over earlier tonight and was truly concerned it was gunshots not cars backfiring,” Marsack said. “My dog has been scared several times just today and ran inside as she tried to enjoy her backyard. My neighbor with a young child has been kept up until 2 a.m. due to the noise on a weekday. I have had to close my windows and use the AC when I don’t want to just keep the noise level down so I can sleep.”

A House fiscal analysis of HB 5696 found it “would have an indeterminate fiscal impact on the state and on local units of government.”

“There is not a practical way to determine the number of violations that will occur under provisions of this bill, so there is not a way to estimate the amount of additional revenue that would be collected,” the analysis read. “New misdemeanor convictions would increase costs related to county jails and local misdemeanor probation supervision.”

HB 5696 has not moved from the House Committee on Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure since it was referred there on May 1.