Lubbock resident seeks to change city noise ordinance

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Updated: 6/11/2013 10:05 pm
Being able to enjoy a peaceful evening is an issue for Mary Prince, who lives in a central Lubbock apartment complex. She has lived there since March.  Prince said she has had to start wearing earplugs to go to sleep and when she goes out and walks her dog. She also said the noise is so loud that it actually rattles the windows of her apartment. 

"It is a violation," she said. "It hits my ears. I have to wear ear plugs." Its the boom-batta-boomers, that is what I named them."

That is a less than affectionate nick-name for those who drive around blaring music in her neighborhood.

"It's boom, boom, boom," she said. "It beats up against the glass," she said. "It is like someone knocking on the glass."

She has been a regular phoning in noise complaints to Lubbock police.

"I called the non-emergency number and I was told to get these people's make, model, and color of their vehicle, and the time they come by. Then they will stop them. I have heard nothing."
Prince has heard nothing from the police that is, she still hears plenty from the boom-batta-boomers. It's not just music disrupting the peace. Councilman Todd Klein has had complaints about air horns.

"So we've got a serious issue in terms of public safety, and quite frankly lets be honest public nuisance," he said.

Councilman Klein is listening in to the complaints loud and clear.

"We have to look at stereo systems in the same capacity, and that is something I had said at previous town halls that I am looking at," he said. "It is something I am working with staff, and legal department on."

For Michael Jones that rumble is sweet music.  He owns Custom Sound Works and installs car sound systems. However, he said there ownership comes with responsibility.  Customers are greeted with this sign: in black and white 'Please keep stereo system volume down.'

"Targeting sound systems alone is not the answer," he said. "You've got loud pipes from cars, exhaust systems, the Harley Davidson's and semi-trucks are a huge thing. The trash trucks will come through here. The resonation shakes the building."

Councilman Klein is asking for options from city staff on changing the noise ordnance at a future council meeting, which could include installing noise meters in police cruisers.

LPD Sergeant Jason Lewis said warnings are usually given to those who rumble with a little too much gusto.  Citations with a monetary penalty could be enacted if the ordinance like the music is ramped up.  

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Bevyjo - 6/13/2013 2:24 PM
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There is a so-called "Noise Ordinance" in place and you don't need a sound meter to record the decibels when can hear them coming for a CITY block. There are plenty of places a policeman could park (e.g. parking lot at east of Coronado HS and witness the violation. Supposely, this "noise ordinance" is for after 10 PM;l however, if you want a good first hand dose, go to Bolton's on 50th and get an earful.

MaryLubb - 6/12/2013 12:17 AM
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1stSSPZ: I am sorry you wanted blood and guts as a news story. I am having a hard time living in a home in peace IN THIS TOWN. People are breaking the law and they don't care who they wake-up or disturb while driving around showing off what kind of noise they can push out of their vehicles. Liberty: Your right and I asked the same questions. I have had a few people get angry and I fear more of being hurt, because I know dyeing would lead to eternity with my Lord and savior. JDW84 - I agree with you 100% and to watch them drive leaned back in the seat looking like they are a king and they have a smirk on their facing makes me sick. DrCid; I am dealing with the same thing but add 30 more cars to the list at Baytree apartments. I hope we can get help soon. I am saying that one ticket of 500.00 would pay for the sound meters the officers need to make lots more Money in fines. You don't want to fine because its the law, Then do it to make money for extra officers or better yet, help out the kids in the Summer to have a places to go and stay out of trouble!

1stSSPZ - 6/11/2013 7:30 PM
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This is news?

Liberty Seeker - 6/11/2013 7:08 PM
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"...The police department has told her to document the vehicle that is causing all the noise..." If the police department representative told her (not asked her politely) to document those breaking the law, I assume that she was officially deputized by LPD under the posse comitatus act. Otherwise, it would be prudent for those who get paid to enforce the law, to enforce the law at that location themselves. Why bother giving salaries and benefits to LPD officers, if the unarmed citizens are told to gather the evidence, for free? If this is the general attitude for the municipal corporation of the city of Lubbock, it is time for me to sell my real estate and leave what was my home town. Lubbock has changed tremendously during my life here, but not for the better. Maybe I'll find a town in which the public, and the public servants, have the same protection under the law.

JDW84 - 6/11/2013 6:24 PM
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People who do this do it for the attention. Anyone who draws attention to themselves like that are insecure, arrogant, low intelligence and/or just plain hateful. It's a pity that our police are either unable or not inclined to help put a stop to this type of intentional harassment.

DrCid - 6/11/2013 5:59 PM
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We live in a blended neighborhood and enjoy all our neighbors EXCEPT FOR the two girls who live across the street. They work at a bar (No problem with that, whatever it takes to get by) and roll in between 1:30 and 3 every problem with that either. BUT, they have their music turned up to max in the cars and they like to sit on the curb or in their driveway with it blasting sometimes for like half an hour! By that time, everyone for two blocks in any direction is wide awake. Why would anyone be this silly and arrogant? I just don't think these two would like it one bit if we did the same thing before leaving home for work at 6 AM. And, no, we would NOT do that because we are considerate of our neighbors. And, YES, they have been asked nicely to not do this.
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