Police remind drivers to turn music down
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