The freedom of the open road is one thing, but revving through the Sagamore neighborhood after 2am is going to cause a problem. This is according to recent complaints.

Charles Fleck spoke during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s Police Commission meeting. Fleck stated groups of loud motorcycles pass by his home at 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Other motorized vehicles, like modified mopeds can also be "crazy loud."

Police Chief Robert Merner said he has purchase orders for equipment to measure decibels from motor vehicles. According to him, there are laws pertaining to specifications for exhaust pipes and allowed decibels. According to an article on, State police will train designated Portsmouth officers to use the equipment and a checkpoint will be established in Market Square before the end of this year’s motorcycle season.




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