I, too, cannot understand the lack of enforcement when it comes to motorcycle noise. We have an extremely loud one… or two… at the apartments across the street from our home. They seem to think everyone on the block needs to be woken at all hours of the night.
As Manhattan has grown, I have seen much less enforcement of traffic laws and signficantly more reckless and inattentive driving. The cell phone ban is a joke! Driver after driver is seen talking on their phone. I do understand there are more serious tasks that need RCPD’s attention. Yet, I do believe we will see an increase in traffic crashes… and injuries… if the current mindset of drivers is allowed to continue.
I drive 30,000 miles/year, through metroplexes and through rural towns. I still firmly believe the most difficult… and dangerous… place to drive in Manhattan, Kansas. We have the geriatrics, the farmers, the college kids, the military, and the rest of the population… all moving at a different pace. If I were King, drivers would be cited for not signaling lane changes and turns. They would be cited for talking on their cell phones. They would be cited for… just being stupid and/or arrogant. But, as this City Commission has almost suggested non-enforcement of fireworks ordinances and non-enforcement of cell phone use and non-enforcement of public intoxication ordinances… I don’t know why RCPD would spend any time citing drivers.
I AM a big fan of RCPD. I do believe Director Schoen has done a commendable job keeping us safe. The Department’s workload has mushroomed as this community’s population has continued with its dynamic climb. Their hands are full with burglaries, rapes, robberies, homicides, etc. A few noisy motorcycles must seem like ‘small potatoes’ to those working the latest drug bust. Yet, ordinances and laws are on the books to be enforced… and should be. All I would ask is that some additional attention be given to traffic issues, hoping we all will be safer as we experience the adventure of motoring in Manhattan.