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Noise ordinance causes confusion

April 20, 2004

Albany-- Loud music coming from cars or homes makes some people very upset. But the people playing the music feel it's their right to turn it up.

Mike Brooks' car audio system cranks out and incredible 13,000 Watts of music power. Brooks says, "I enjoy the sound quality, [and] loud music."

Volume some enjoy, but some find annoying. An Albany Police officer pulls over a car. The officer says to the driver: "Please turn down the volume. The reason I pulled you over, your music is too loud."

Now it is illegal to have music or sounds heard 100 feet away from the source of the sound.  The old ordinance specified a distanceof 50 feet. "If we can hear your music from 100 feet or better, you are in violation of the ordinance of loud music in Albany," the officer says.

 Police Chief Bobby Johnson said, "State law has it that it has to be 100 feet. The city law was more of a constraint, by 50 feet. There were some inconsistency there."

Mike Brooks owns Y-2K Audio, and his biggest seller is powerful car audio systems. Brooks said, "Get on the open road, get on the highway. Freedom of choice. On the highway, there's no one around you,turn your system up if you want. But when you are in town in a residential neighborhood, keep the volume at a moderate to low level."

At least moderate enough that it can't be heard 100 feet away.

Albany Police officers say increasing the noise ordinance to 100 feet will make it easier to ticket and prosecute offenders, because the volume will be more obviously disruptive.

posted at 3:20PM by dave.miller@walb.com