Sunday, January 06, 2008

Lax Noise Controls Leads to 'Noise Harassment'

The absence of legal noise limits has left one West Virginia man tormented by an amplifier-wielding neighbor.

A story in the Jan. 5 Cumberland Times-News reports a man has connected a stereo to a public address system and directed it at his hapless neighbor's residence. Music blasts at all hours of the night, says the victim.

“Even the Hampshire County commissioners agree that he is being harassed--but there is nothing law enforcement can do about it,” according to the story, ”Lacking noise ordinance, Hampshire harassment continues”.

Washington D.C. does have a noise ordinance, but it contains a major loophole that is exploited by malicious folks with amplifiers. The result is that D.C. residents remain vulnerable to harassment from unlimited levels of amplified non-commercial speech between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

2 Comments:

Anonymous bink said...

I hope the weather this weekend brought a respite from the auditory onslaught.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Klav said...

Hi, Bink...

I can never know why some groups decide not to appear with amplifiers at 8th and H St NE, but our community was amplifier-less during the past two Saturdays.

The Rev. Dallas Williams and Pastor Banks were last on the scene on Sunday, Jan. 6.

9:17 AM  

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