In the Greensboro Code of City Ordinances, unnecessary noises are addressed in Article IV, Section 18. The ordinance which specifically deals with sound-producing equipment in vehicles is found in subsection 18-50 (c).
This ordinance states:
The "playing of any radio, tape recorder, cassette player or other similar device for reproducing sound located on or in any motor vehicle on a public street, highway, or within the motor vehicular area of any public or private parking lot, if the sound generated is audible at a distance of 30 feet from the radio, tape recorder, cassette player or other device that is producing the sound” is declared to be loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise.
How far is 30 feet?
Here are some guidelines to follow:
What happens if I am charged with a violation of this law?
- If you are in a residential neighborhood, the noise coming from your vehicle should not be heard by anyone in the houses or apartments on either side of the roadway.
- If you are stopped at a traffic light or driving your car, the noise coming from your vehicle should not be heard farther than approximately two to three car-lengths away.
How would you feel if...
- If you are charged with a violation of this ordinance, you must appear in court.
- The first violation of this ordinance by any person shall subject the offender to a fine of up to $200 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
- A second violation by the same person within one year shall subject such person to a fine of up to $400 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
- All subsequent violations (three or more) by the same person within one year shall subject such person to a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
- You or a family member needed emergency personnel to assist you. The fire department, ambulance and/or police are delayed because someone has the music in their vehicle playing so loudly they do not hear the siren of the approaching emergency vehicle.
- You work odd hours and are in bed very early in the evening or try to sleep during the day. Your sleep is interrupted daily by the loud music coming from vehicles in the neighborhood.
- Your grandmother lived on a busy street, and every night she was awakened by loud music from cars driving by. She could not sleep and it began to affect her health.