19 November 2009

Where are the Noise Police?

This from Tucson, AZ, about "hump honkers." You have got to be kidding me. Well, Tucson residents (and police) might need to review their noise ordinance; Section 16.31(f) states: "No person may use any automobile, motorcycle or other vehicle, engine or motor of whatever size, stationary or moving, instrument, device or thing, in such a manner as to create loud and unnecessary grating, grinding, rattling or other noise." Surely this nonsense qualifies as "unnecessary...noise." If so, the risk of a $100 to $2,500 fine should be deterrant enough for these "hump honkers." <<>>
Back east in Baltimore... Um, the Baltimore Health Code (PDF) covers this (see Section 9-206), folks. It's probably not unreasonable to speculate that the sound level from the generator is over the 50 dBA nighttime limit at the property boundary, i.e., at the edge of the right-of-way. Of course, since the noise is arguably within the public interest (maintaining cell phone coverage), it's probably exempt...but the exemption must be granted by the Commissioner of Health. (Which, giving the benefit of the doubt, Sprint may have done...) Regardless, the proposal to use "bales of hay" as noise mitigation is another matter entirely!!! <<>>