Thursday, April 7, 2005
That's Just Wrong: Loud Drivers
We've all seen it and we've all heard it. You're sitting at a red light when another car comes up next to you with the radio blasting and the bass blaring. Well tonight, residents in one neighborhood are saying that's just wrong. They want to put an end to noise pollution.
WSVN -- For Thomas, it was love at first sight.
As soon as he saw this house with this backyard, he knew this is where he wanted to live.
He may have gotten an in-ground pool. But today, Thomas has a sinking feeling about his dream home.
Thomas: "They drive through the neighborhood with the boom box thing going on."
All day and all night, what he thought was a quiet neighborhood is disrupted by loud -- very loud music.
Thomas: "Everything vibrates. It's awful, I can hear it everywhere. If I'm in the shower, if I'm in my back room."
And Thomas is not alone. Many of his neighbors would also like to mute the music.
Together, they've actually asked the violators to turn down the volume.
Thomas: "I've gone to a few neighbors and asked them if they can turn it down. They say ya ya ya sure, and of course they don't."
And when that didn't work, they asked police to fix the problem.
Julio Millan: "I've complained to code enforcement, call the police, no matter what we do they're always doing the same thing. Constantly every month every time."
Every month, every week, and every day - the same sounds bellow from block to block.
Claudia DeAngelis: "They drive around once and once and again and again and again. All around the block, again and again. Several times with the music very loud."
Our producer even tried talking to one neighbor known for playing his music really loud.
Producer: "We just want to talk to you about the neighbors complaining about the music."
Producer: "Why not?"
Resident: "Cause...Can you leave my property? Yeah, please leave my property."
He may not have been interested in talking.
But Fort Lauderdale police were. When we contacted the police, they told us while playing your car stereo loud is against state law, it's a tough law to enforce because typically people turn the music down as soon as they see a squad car.
They did however promise to send some extra patrols into the neighborhood in hopes of sending out a message.
And if that doesn't work, Thomas has a solution of his own.
Thomas: "I would even invite the police to come sit in my driveway one day. Just wait until the drive by and give them a ticket."
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