- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering snowmobile sound testing as part of an effort to ensure that machines are operating legally.

Conservation officers will be on hand for testing from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 20 at DNR customer service centers in Marquette, Newberry and Gaylord.

Testing is offered for 2-stroke machines manufactured after 1980 and takes about 10 minutes. The DNR says any result above 88 decibels is failing. No enforcement action will happen that day, but owners will be encouraged to take steps to quiet their machines.

Conservation officers also will be able to answer questions related to laws about snowmobiles.

DNR First Lt. Pete Wright says enforcement is being stepped up this winter and there is “zero tolerance for sound violations.”




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