Bikers, ABATE target motorcycle muffler ordinance

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The bikers suing the City of Myrtle Beach over the noise ordinance for a bike's muffler are hoping the law will meet the same fate as the now defunct helmet law.

The plaintiffs in the suit are individual Myrtle Beach residents, along with ABATE of South Carolina and Horry County.

Gary Balcom, assistant coordinator for the Horry County chapter of ABATE, says it's about consistency.

"We don't have a problem with them having a noise ordinance, just leave it at the state recommendation level," Balcom said. "Don't drop it lower because you don't like bikers and you want to get rid of them. Keep it at the state level just like the helmet [law]."

The bikers don't see a difference between this ordinance and the helmet law, which was overturned by the South Carolina Supreme Court last week.

"They didn't read the constitution of the state of South Carolina," said Chris Pano, of ABATE. "You can't do that. You can't have one municipality with one law, cross the city limits and have that municipality with a different law."

City officials declined to comment on pending litigation.

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