I searched and found nothing that provides information on this particular ticket in Pennsylvania; I was specifically told it was not a DOT Driving Violation...
What happened: I got a ticket for having a modified exhaust. I wasn't driving like a jerk nor was I revving my engine...just tooling along on my way to lunch.
Written on the ticket: "The defendant did create unreasonable noise by having a modified muffler/exhaust on his vehicle." It's listed as "Disorderly Conduct." No fines were listed since it wasn't a traffic ticket, and I was told that the fine is decided by the judge. He also wrote the judges number on the ticket and said I had to call. I asked about sending it in and he said I had to do that too. When I asked, why then do I have to call the judge, he replied I can do whatever.
I politely informed him that according to DOT specifications, my car is well within the acceptable noise limits. He then told me it wasn't a traffic ticket and has nothing to do with PA Driving Laws. He said that it's illegal to modify my exhaust. I countered (very politely) by saying that once you replace a defective muffler, you then modified your exhaust so that couldn't be illegal. He followed by changing his explanation to that you can't modify your exhaust to make it louder. I asked about the Harley that drove by that was 4x louder than my car... He said, that since that was how it was made, it's okay. So, it wasn't that my car was too loud, it was that it was louder than my stock muffler ...like this guy has a clue how loud my car is compared to a stock STI and say even if he is a Subie expert, how is it legal for him to say it's "louder" when no measurements were taken and he has no control to provide contrast? Is his opinion enforcable? It seems like this is just his opnion and has no supporting evidence. I told him it was no louder than my stock exhaust and I could prove it. He said go ahead and prove it. Doesn't burden of proof fall on HIS shoulders? Innocent until proven guilty. I'm not in direct violation of any law. His opinion is that my car is louder, without any proof that what he's saying is correct, can I really get fined for this?
I plan on making some comparrison videos and proving him wrong in court, but I shouldn't have to. Without any quantifiable instrumentation, how can he say that he knows it IS louder than stock?
Does anyone have any suggestions or -helpful- comments in regard to this, specifically in Pennsylvania?