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Re: How much noise is too much noise?
In a message dated 97-09-22 19:05:40 EDT, S Frazier writes:
<< As to boom boxes or boom cars, " operation of any such
device at any time in a motor vehicle in such a manner as to
be plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet from the motor vehicle,
shall be prima facie evidence of a violation." >>
This kind of wording is far more sensible than having to
rely on decibel meter readings.
I suggest that right-to-quiet advocates campaign for a 30-foot
tolerance. I'll tell you how I arrived at that.
Once I parked my car in a quiet spot and turned on the
radio. I turned it up loud enough to where I could comfortably
hear and appreciate the music. It was loud enough to be heard
by passengers in the back seat.
With the windows rolled down, I got out and slowly walked
backwards until the sound disappeared. Then, using a step
of approximately 3 feet, I paced off the distance back to the
car. It was 10 paces.
In other words, to be heard by occupants of the car with the
windows rolled down, the music does not have to be audible
for more than 30 feet from the source.
-- Michael Wright
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