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.