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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
> the tracks.
> 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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The criterion "beyond 30 ft the sound should disappear" has little
meaning without a number behind it. Should it be less than 10% of the
ambient? in sound pressure? in energy? Numbers are needed to give flesh
to criteria for a quieter and more pleasant environment.
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