Archive for Thursday, August 20, 2009

Police remind drivers to turn music down

August 20, 2009

Each year when school starts back up, we begin receiving complaints from citizens about students driving around town with their windows down and their music up. This usually occurs after a long day at school, when the weather is warm, and the music is good.

The problem with this scenario is that you are in violation of Ordinance 277, Sec 1, Article 7, 8-701, regarding 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. The ordinance, which has been on the books for several years, is being enforced by the Basehor Police.

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.

It is required that you appear before a judge in municipal court if you receive a citation for violating this sound ordinance.

A fine of as much as $500 and imprisonment of no more than six months are possible penalties to those found guilty. However, the usual fine imposed by the judge is generally between $75 and $150.

Young drivers are the most common violators of this ordinance we have found. Please encourage everyone you know who loves to crank up the volume about this ordinance and the penalties they could be facing if caught.

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

Comments

Jason Bailey 4 years, 7 months ago

Here we go...the Basehor police ready to lay the lumber on its citizens. I drove through the town 3 times over the last weekend and, each time, saw speed traps setup.

I honestly think that if a 911 call came in with a shooting, you'd have to turn it down because you "had a prime trap setup and needed to show those residents driving 2 mph over the limit who's boss".

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Jason Bailey 4 years, 7 months ago

I also find it comical that the Chief's columns are slotted under the "Opinion" section of the website. I agree. They are his opinion and should be taken as such.

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histeel 3 years, 7 months ago

The basehor kangaroo court is at it again, putting you in jail for up to 6 months for having your radio to loud, a little crazy don't you think. You can fire up your bulldozer and plow dirt at any time you want to, as there is no noise ordinance for that, I had this problem when the idiot working on a new subdivision was allowed to bulldoze dirt at 5.00 AM with no problem on a Sunday morning outside my bedroom window. Don't waste your time with the kangaroo court of basehor appeal your conviction to Leavenworth were They will at least listen to you and render a fare decision.

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