Councilman asking drivers to keep boom booming in control

Councilman asking drivers to keep boom booming in control

By Jeanie Powell - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - At Thursday night's Huntsville City Council meeting, council members could vote on a hot topic on the agenda: Noise.

The kind of ruckus are we talking about is the boom that comes from your car stereo.

It may sound like sweet music to your ears, but it can be a piercing pain for others.

The warmer weather is bringing out complaints from residents all across Huntsville.

District Four Councilman Bill Kling tells WAFF 48 News this is historically the time he and his counterparts start getting complaints.

"We're not trying to prohibit car stereos.  In fact, believe it or not, I actually have a subwolfer in my car stereo."

Just because your favorite song is playing, doesn't mean others want to hear it.

Some city leaders are saying roll up your window or turn the music down.

Kling is asking drivers to show a little respect and use good judgment towards their neighbors.

The Crestview Drive area near University and Jordan Lane seems to be the place where most complaints are flowing.

Dr. Michael Shales lives on North Crestview.

He says, "Sometimes you've got people going by with their boom boxes going in their cars.  You can hear that.  Sometimes it shakes the house."

Crestview resident Mischa Penn says it happens daily.

"It shakes the windows and my dogs are always going crazy."

But some react differently to the booming.

Penn explains, "It does get to be a little much."

Shales says, "It doesn't bother me.  It's just coming and going.  I definitely don't notice it when I'm sleeping at night."

We asked 24-year-old Crestview resident Orlando Clark, "Do you like to listen to your music loud?"

Clark says, "Actually, I do... I actually have a stereo system in my car, and I make sure it's around volume 17 so it's not disturbing any of the neighbors."

We asked Clark to drive down the street with his music on just as he normally would.

It was a reasonable compromise.

He kept the volume just loud enough for his liking, but low enough to keep the peace.

Kling explains his amendment to the ordinance, "The way it's set up right now, a police officer would have to have a sound meter to detect a cetain level of noise when they're 25 feet away.  This has been changed to where the police officer has more authority if they hear noise 25 feet away."

Council members could vote on the Thursday night.

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