“On my way in here I finally got a ticket,” Ron Muir, a motorcycle enthusiast, said last Saturday as he leaned on the service counter of the store he runs in Old Town Temecula. He shook the piece of paper in front of him.
To Muir, the ticket was proof of a problem he had only suspected before. The Temecula police are targeting local motorcycle riders, he stated with renewed confidence.
The ticket came as if on cue. He had contacted the Valley News only a few days before about some concerns he had for his fellow motorcycle riders.
Muir owns a motorcycle gear shop in Old Town Temecula, he explained in an e-mail last week, and since last month his customers have been complaining of getting excessive tickets.
“They say, ‘No, you’re breaking the noise ordinance.’ They don’t have any decibel meters,” he said of the ticketing officers.
The Temecula Police Department stepped up enforcement in Old Town last month, said Capt. Jerry Williams, the Chief of Police for the City of Temecula.
“I got some complaints from some Old Town merchants,” he said. “When [motorcycle riders] come through there with excessively loud pipes we will put a few officers down there.”
He redirected two units