BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – An ordinance making playing loud music in vehicles a crime will be introduced at Tuesday’s Bossier City Council meeting.
Sponsored by District 2 Councilman Jeff Darby, the ordinance says loud music coming from motorcycles or vehicles can “violate the peace and tranquility” of citizens within earshot, and “may contain vulgar or obscene language.”
The ordinance specifies sound amplification system is located in or on any vehicle or motorcycle on a public street, highway or park, the sound exceeds 85 decibels and can be heard from 25 feet or more away from the source, but doesn’t apply to horns or sirens from law enforcement.
“When you’re traveling you can be easily distracted, and when your next to a motorcycle and their music, people can easily get distracted. It also has to do with children listening to certain type of music that might not be for young ears. Profanity and vulgar languages. It’s not good and it’s not conducive to young people. This ordinance will address that and just safety in general,” Jefferey Darby said.
And the ordinance is not without teeth – if passed unamended by the Council, the offender will lose his or her driver’s license for up to 30 days and fined $200.
As subsequent offenses mount, so to the penalties. Violators with one conviction under their belts stand the chance of losing their driver’s license for up to 90 days and the fine can range up to $500.