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Buffalo : NY : USA | Sep 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM PDT
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Warm weather brings shorts, T-shirts, sandals, and loud stereos booming from passing cars. Especially when it is warm out and car windows are down, it is not uncommon to hear a car booming down the street blocks before the vehicle itself ever passes by rattling house windows and assaulting the eardrums of everyone they pass.

The Buffalo Common council are looking to put a halt to such noise pollution with a new law. If passed, what would set this law apart from any other noise ordinance is that it would allow police to confiscate the offending stereo system.

In a resolution sponsored by Council President David A. Franczyk, Buffalo Law enforcement officials have been told to draft an amendment to the current Noise Ordinance that would allow for the seizure of the violating stereos. On the subject of noise, the Buffalo City Charter states that any which "annoys or disturbs the quiet, comfort or repose of a reasonable person of normal sensitivities."

In a step toward making the streets of Buffalo a little quieter the Buffalo Council Committee has an addition to the current noise ordinance that would illicit an arrest, jail time, and possible fines of up to $1,500 for a violation. The ordinance is set for vote before the full Council next week. If approved the new law would clarify any ambiguity in the current noise ordinance; however, the arresting office would have to witness the noise offense first hand. The revision would apply to more than just loud stereos, loud parties and “souped-up” sound systems would also fall under the law.

While everyone is guilty of “cranking it up” once in a while; there are some citizens who continually and habitually blare their outsized stereo systems that are better suited for the local nightclub than an ordinary motor vehicle. Such loud stereos are not only a hazard to the nation’s hearing, they are a danger to everyone on the road. With a volume that could rival a fighter jet on afterburners, it is impossible to hear police, ambulance, and fire engine sirens trying to answer the call of danger or emergency.

Sherrill Fulghum is based in Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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