Engine braking and "Jake Braking" will be allowed to continue in Godfrey, but the village is asking for cooperation from operators of the big trucks that use the technique. The two methods of slowing your vehicle can create noise issues, so the village has decided to place signs rather than enacting an ordinance to outlaw the practice outright.
The complaints have come from residents along Clifton Terrace Road, who claim the noise from trucks in the early morning hours "rattles them out of bed." While conceding the residents need relief, Godfrey Emergency Systems and Disaster Management Deputy Director Chris Sichra pointed out a possible unintended consequence of enacting such an ordinance.
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Village Engineer Jo Emerick also offered a possible side-effect.
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So rather than create a village-wide ordinance to prohibit engine braking, the village decided to place signs along Clifton Terrace Road stating "No Excessive Engine Braking" after one audience member noted similar signs seem to have effectively addressed the problem in some other nearby communities.