MILFORD, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire town’s crackdown on motorcycle noise may be hurting businesses.

Complaints about Milford’s 106-decibel limit for motorcyclists were raised during a town forum.

Zach Densmore, owner of the Chop Shop, says now motorcyclists are circumventing the town. In a month, his shop has lost about $8,000 in business.

Densmore says “this is a blue-collar working class community, and working people have louder things.”

The crackdown began last year when electronic signs were posted on Route 101A entrances into the town.

Densmore is encouraging the town to take down the signs and have a police officer pull over loud bikes.

Town Administrator Guy Scaife says the 106 decibels is higher than many other states allow. He says the limits are a result of resident complaints.


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