Police: It's difficult to catch noise violators

Lands Committee could recommend changes to city's noise ordinance

Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Local police aren't insensitive to people bothered by loud car stereos, a department spokesman said.

But finding violators zooming down Egan Drive is difficult "unless we are just lucky," Juneau Police Capt. Tom Porter said.

The city Lands Committee is looking into the city's noise ordinance after taking complaints from two residents. Both focused their complaints on car stereos that boom from the vehicles. One referred to them as "boom cars."

The committee could recommend changes to the city's existing noise ordinance after receiving staff analysis of the situation early next year, Chairman Randy Wanamaker told the Empire.

Porter read the complaints of one of the men during the last month.

"I certainly understand his frustration," Porter said.

He noted that by the time police could respond, the vehicles were long gone and the police had no license numbers or vehicle descriptions to work with. With cars going 55 mph up and down the divided highway, he wouldn't expect such information, he added.

Officers can stop people for traffic violations if they are not on priority calls, but the department doesn't have the resources to assign officers to look for city noise violations, Porter said.

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