2 OCTOBER 28, 2021 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Bill aims to increase fi nes for excessive noise from car speakers
BY JULIA MORO
Councilman Robert Holden introduced
a bill on Thursday, Oct. 21,
that would increase penalties
for excessive noise from speakers on
This bill would penalize anyone
who attaches a speaker to the exterior
of their vehicle with a $100 to $225 fi ne
for the fi rst violation. A second violation
would be a civil penalty of $150 to
$400 and up to $575 for a third.
The police would also be required
to tow a vehicle for repeated off enses.
This bill would go into eff ect 30 days
aft er it becomes law.
“Without quality of life, we have
nothing,” Holden said. “Monstrous
speaker systems attached to a vehicle
are not only a nuisance but very
Kevin Ryan, a spokesperson for
Holden, said that their office has
received many complaints about the
“It doesn’t do much good if one these
custom rolling speaker installations
is confi scated but a judge gives it right
back,” Ryan said. “It will also send a
clear message that this nuisance will
not be tolerated. It’s about deterrence
and letting the police and judges use
Councilman Robert Holden has introduced a bill that would penalize drivers with loud speakers.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Ryan
their discretion to solve the problem.
It’s not about raising revenue. Keep
in mind that these gigantic speakers
attached to the outside of these cars
have only one purpose: to play at
extremely loud volumes that project
a great distance.”
Ryan believes the bill could get
bipartisan support since loud music
has become a widespread issue in
neighborhoods across New York City.
Holden has been known to
prioritize quality-of-life issues, such
as excessive noise, in the past. The
council member has previously attempted
to put a stop to loud noise in
parks and quiet the illegal ATVs and
dirtbikes on the road.
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