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New (10/96) tougher Boom Car Law in Chicago
Here's something I picked up on a yahoo search of the web using the
Keeping the Peace (and Quiet)
New Law Targets Cars Playing Loud Music
If you like to play loud music while you're in your car, you may
want to think twice before doing so. Under a new municipal code, you
risk having your car impounded and paying more than $600 in fines and
service fees for your first offense.
Earlier this year, the Chicago City Council passed an amendment to
the Sound Device Restrictions Section of the Municipal Code of Chicago.
The amendment, which took effect September 21, 1996, increases the
penalties for noise violations if a person is in a motor vehicle at
Before the amendment, the Code stated that if a person with normal hearing
was able to hear music (or other sounds) at a distance greater than 75 feet,
the person playing the music, whether in the vehicle or not, was
violating the Sound Device Restrictions of the Ordinance. The fines
for such a violation were $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second
offense committed within a one-year period,and $500 for a third or
subsequent offense committed within a one-year period.
Now, if a person is driving a vehicle while violating the Sound
Device Restrictions, the vehicle is subject to seizure and
impoundment. In addition to the fines stated above, there is an
additional $500 fine, plus fees for towing and storing the vehicle.
An administrative hearing will be held within 30 days of the seizure
of the vehicle, and any motor vehicle not reclaimed after those 30
days may be disposed of as an unclaimed vehicle.
The amended ordinance is contained in Title 11, Chapter 4, Section
1115: Sound Device Restrictions -- Violation -- Penalty of the
Municipal Code of Chicago. You can view the Municipal Code at the
Municipal Reference Collection
in the Harold Washington Library.
David Staudacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
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