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Turning up the tunes is against the law

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By Ray Johnson

The city ordinance regarding ‘noise’ reads as follows: There emits from premises or from any motor vehicle noise noxious enough to cause annoyance or disturbance or to destroy the enjoyment of dwelling houses or business or other uses of property in the vicinity by interfering with ordinary comforts of human existence.

Complaints flood the police department on a regular basis concerning vehicles with loud, thumping stereos. For some unknown reason, young people today believe that they need to entertain the public while driving through town or through parking lots of various businesses with stereo systems cranked so loud that you can hear them coming a mile down the road. What purpose does this have other than showing how inconsiderate they are towards others? What they do not realize is that they are disturbing people with their ignorance of the law.

What would happen if an emergency vehicle was coming down the road, responding to a call and drivers could not hear the sirens because of the loud, thumping sounds of their music? This could turn out to be a bad situation for both the emergency responder and the person with the loud, thumping stereo.

Young people today having to have their music so loud is beyond me. I do know, however, that it is becoming more and more of a problem in the downtown area. Who wants to listen to that noise? These same individuals, somewhere down the road as they get older, will more than likely have some hearing loss because of their ignorance to the law. They can only blame themselves for their health issues.

What the Cynthiana Police Department has been doing and will continue to do is issue uniform citations to these individuals for disorderly conduct. The way this law reads is as follows: A person is guilty of disorderly conduct in the second degree when in a public place and with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or wantonly creating a risk thereof, he/she makes unreasonable noise or creates hazardous or physically offensive conditions by any act that serves no legitimate purpose.

This will cost an individual when they have to appear in court.

People need to understand that they have to respect other people’s concern and privacy when this issue has to be enforced. I know of nothing else more disturbing than a vehicle going up and down the road at all hours of the day or night, playing these amazingly loud stereo systems with words to music that make no sense.

If you continue to play your music so loud that you will be noticed and an officer comes in contact with you, you can expect to be stopped and issued a citation for your ignorance to the law.