Noisy music may stop

By: Courtney Lassiter Email
By: Courtney Lassiter Email

If you like loud music be warned, Bowling Green Police are cracking down on the city's noise ordinance.

Three weeks ago a special detail was assigned to cite anyone not abiding by the city's 100-foot noise ordinance, but even as police are handing out citations, it doesn't seem to stop the trend of playing music a little too loud.

Joey Stanley likes his music loud.

"Mainly for me it's a stress reliever when I get off work - to get out, listen to music," Stanley said.

Joey installs car audio for a living. It keeps him busy as many young drivers not only want lots of bass, but want to feel their music as they drive.

"... To be the loudest and coolest. Hip hop has taken over so much. The bass is what everyone wants," Stanley said.

Max Harlin likes bass, but just not at 8 o'clock in the morning.

"... Thunderous bass, rattling window panes," Harlin explained.

Harlin lives on 13th Avenue where many young drivers turn up the volume at all hours of the day and night.

Harlin has nothing against music. His downtown apartment is filled with it.

"I love music, in fact I have some amplifiers in my own car, but I don't turn them up to a point where I can't hear my own music," Harlin said.

If you are 100 feet away and people can still hear your music, you are likely to be pulled over.

Although Circuit Clerk Pat Goad doesn't speak for her office, like Harlin she also finds loud music offensive.

Bowling Green Police have been handing out citations since the warmer weather broke, but it doesn't seem to stop bass enthusiasts from blasting their music.

"All decisions are left to the discretion of the judge," Goad said.

Goad also said you can be fined $155 under the noise ordinance in Bowling Green.

See below for a look at the law and citations from recent noise violators.

Noise - Ordinance Violations according to www.bgky.org

As a citizen it is my responsibility to...

Citizens may call the Police Department to report noise violations. Persons causing noise that can be heard 100 feet or more away may be issued a citation for noise violation. If the violator is in a vehicle, police can work with citizens to identify repeat violators. Citizens should attempt to obtain specific information about the vehicle, including the license plate number.

It is the responsibility of the city to...

The Police Department will dispatch an officer to handle the noise complaint after it has been reported. If the noise is from a residence or business, the supervisor on duty can obtain the sound level meter and read the decibel reading. This reading will be compared to the City Ordinance, and violations will be addressed. If the noise is from a moving motor vehicle, officers will attempt to locate the vehicle and take appropriate action.

If I am interested, who do I contact...

Bowling Green Police Dept., 911 Kentucky St., 393-4000

To view five examples of noise citations click here.


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