Loud music could result in large fine
The weather is warm, you are driving around town, your vehicle windows are down, your stereo is turned up and you are really enjoying the day. The next sound you hear is the siren of a police car and see flashing lights approaching in your rearview mirror. The officer approaches and you are told you are in violation of Ordinance 277, Sec. 1, Article 7, 8-701, which is Sound Amplification Systems.
This ordinance was put in effect to prevent people from driving with their music so loud that it becomes offensive and a distraction to other people. This ordinance has been on the books for several years and is being enforced by the Basehor Police Department.
The ordinance states that no person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle.
If you receive a citation for violation of this ordinance, you will be required to appear before the judge in municipal court. If you are found guilty of the charge, you could be fined up to $500 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. However, the usual fine imposed by the judge is generally between $75 and $150.
We find that most violators of this ordinance are our younger drivers who are in love with their big, new sound systems that they worked on all winter and can’t wait to share their music with anyone willing, or not, to hear what they have installed. Please encourage everyone you know who loves to crank up the volume about this ordinance and the penalties they could be facing if caught.
Like everyone else, we can’t wait to enjoy the great warm weather, and who doesn’t enjoy their favorite CD? Just remember the ordinance was put in effect to prevent you from violating the rights of someone who doesn’t have the same taste in music as you and doesn’t really want to listen to it either.
If you have any comments or questions about this ordinance, please contact the police department.