Archive for Thursday, March 11, 2010

Police remind drivers about sound laws

March 11, 2010

The weather is finally warming, daylight savings time goes into effect March 14, and everyone is ready for winter to be gone. It is once again time to remind everyone about Ordinance 277, Sec. 1, Article 7, 8-701, which is our Sound Amplification Systems Ordinance.

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.

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.

If you receive a citation for violation of this ordinance you will be required to appear before the judge in municipal court and the fine imposed by the judge is generally between 75.00 and 150.00. However, you could be fined up to $500.00 or experience imprisonment of not more than six months, and possibly see both penalties.

We find that most violators of this ordinance are our younger drivers but the ordinance does apply to everyone in our city. Please encourage everyone you know who loves to crank up the volume about this ordinance and the penalties they could be facing if caught.

We are all looking forward to Spring and warmer weather. Just remember the ordinance was established to prevent you from violating the rights of someone who doesn’t enjoy listening to their music or your music at very high levels.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact the police department at (913) 724-1370.

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