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Re: Dealing With Noisy Neighbors
In a message dated 97-11-28 08:45:17 EST, Eric writes:
>I have just completed a Model Noise Ordinance for the
>State of New Jersey that deals specifically with this situation.
> It is a performance code, which means that the standards
>are set in decibels as measured on the A-scale. Enforcement
>of a performance code involves the purchase of a meter and
>training the officer in its use;
I find this very disappointing. I know Rutgers is taking a lot
of leadership in this area, and if your solution is to write
laws based on decibel readings then I see litle hope.
I don't give a damn what the decibel meter says. If I can
hear the noise in my house -- or even in my yard -- it's
Ordinances need to be written on a common sense basis.
If a cop can hear an auto stereo from a distance of 30 feet,
he ought to be able to write a ticket.
For stationary sources, if a noise-maker's recreational noise
can be heard beyond his property line, then the cop ought
to be able to write a ticket.
Laws based on simple audibility and distance rules can be
easily enforced, without a lot of expensive training and
equipment. Already I have heard my local cops say things
like "we can't afford all the training and equipment" to enforce
the noise ordinance.
-- Michael Wright
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