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Re: Regulation & Road Noise
In a message dated 97-09-25 11:29:24 EDT, John writes:
<< We have found it almost impossible to measure "noise"
- ie legally defined noise. >>
I find it useful to distinguish between "necessary" and
"unnecessary" noise. A case can be made that the
train whistle -- although a disturbance -- is necessary,
for two reasons:
1. trains provide a useful service to society
2. the whistle is a safety feature
Nonetheless, I think that train whistles are louder than
they need to be in order to accomplish the necessary
warning. You can hear them for a good mile away from
Barking dogs, loud stereos, and auto stereos (boom
cars) are recreational noise, and unnecessary. The noise
victim's right to quiet on his property or on public property
is superior to the recreational noise-maker's interest.
For this reason, I believe we should argue before the
law-makers that decibel meters and other complicated
measuring devices are not necessary for enforcement
against recreational and promotional noise. An example
of promotional noise would be the practice by merchants
of putting speakers on the overhangs above sidewalks
and blasting away into the public air.
Recreational noise should not be allowed to penetrate
the public air or another person's property. I would allow
auto radios and auto stereos a maximum distance of 30
feet. Beyond 30 feet the sound should disappear.
-- Michael Wright
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