Archive for Thursday, April 16, 2009

Loud music could result in large fine

April 16, 2009

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.


Jason Bailey 9 years ago

Ah yes, another "tool" by which the police of Basehor, KS can terrorize the citizens.

I'm not kidding, you guys are the most anal retentive and "Barney Fife" department I've seen in quite some time. Go 2 miles an hour over the limit on 155th = pulled over and harassed at the very least. I've seen you shooting radar on 24-40 way past the critical intersections of 155th or 158th streets just to "get those jerks who are going 70".

Now you're going to "stick it to those jerks who play their music too loud" (per my subjective opinion, as Chief, of said music). When is the next election?


boots 9 years ago

Jason, You are responding in a manner that proves you have no idea what you are talking about. I've NEVER in my life been pulled over in Basehor for doing two over the speed limit. Or even given a ticket. The cops here are respectful and the chief is the best chief I have seen in years. Respect the law enforcement here, they will be the ones you have to call when something bad happens to you. To the best of my knowledge, noone in this town get terrorized by the police. Stop breaking the law and you wouldnt' have a problem.


Jason Bailey 8 years, 12 months ago

Boots: Actually, I know many people who are living in fear of the cops in this town. I rarely go into Basehor but when I do, you better believe my speedometer doesn't deviate one degree off of the posted speed limit because I know Andy Griffith is going to pull me over.

I respect law enforcement when it realizes that it is here to serve the people, not the other way around.

How long you lived here, Boots? A few months?


basehorlady 8 years, 11 months ago

You don't like tickets for going over the speed limit? Don't go over the speed limit then. You don't like the way things are around here? Move to another town and stay away.


Commenting has been disabled for this item.