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Waynesboro City Council Proposing Change to Car Stereo Noise Ordinance

Posted: Updated: Jan 13, 2013 06:54 PM EST

On Monday, Waynesboro City Council will discuss closing - what police call - a loophole in the city's noise ordinance.  The change would affect the volume of car stereos during the day.

Currently in Waynesboro, music can't be loud enough to be heard from 50 feet away, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.  The ordinance amendment would add a restriction that makes it illegal to play music in your vehicle that can be heard 200 feet away.

It would allow police to issue a summons to people who play their car stereos too loudly at any time of day. Police say they get several noise complaints every week.

"The problems they're addressing with the change in this ordinance is for the individuals who are constantly blasting their stereos from vehicles, disturbing others in neighborhoods, city parks, even just parking lots," said Cpl. James Thomas of the Waynesboro Police Department. "They're just trying to address complaints that they have received."

The proposed amendment would restrict only the noise level coming from vehicles, not from buildings or bands. The fine for a first violation would be $100.

City Council is asking for the community's feedback on this change during the public hearings section of the meeting which starts at 7 p.m. Monday night.

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