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Motorcycle noise complaints have reached police ears!

Date Posted: 2009-08-13

The solutions will be much more difficult than identifying the problem, says Ginowan City’s vice chief of police, who is fielding a barrage of citizen complaints about noisy motorcycles racing up and down city streets.

“We’ve gotten a lot of complaints from local residents about motorcycle gangs,” says Shigeo Ura. His police station is located along Highway 58, which is one of the reasons he says complaints pour in. “Residents say ‘we can’t sleep well’ or ‘police should crack down on motorcycle gangs’ actions more strictly’”, the senior cop says.

Ura says chasing motorcycle gangs is an option, but a dangerous one because of the potential for traffic accidents. He’s turned to the community for ideas, even asking elementary and junior high school students for ideas. The youngsters challenged police to make motorcycle gangs look dumb, by adopting a motto that underscores the fact “violent action is not good”. A total of 685 letters poured in, suggesting the bikers be called ‘cockroach groups’ or ‘wimp groups’ before settling on the term ‘geek groups’. Police are already using the new phrase inside the policed stations.

A former biker gang boss who’s turned his life to community service, working as a counselor with juvenile delinaquents, says “I don’t think it willhelp to crack down on them. Just changing the name they’re called won’t affect them.” Yukihiro Ito says “If I were still in a gang, I could use this name as opponents attack, and turn the tables and switch to violence. Motorcycle gangs might take disparaging attitudes toward police, or speak in negative tones.”

Okinawa Prefecture Police predict “if gangs get used to hearing these words, they will simply not care at all.” Prefecture Police are suspicious that applying new words to identify motorcycle gangs will have any effect at all.

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