NYC’s Noise Clampdown by the Council Receives Warm WelcomeDecember 7, 2023
The existing regulations on sound in NYC are proving to be unenforceable. Councilman Keith Powers is proposing the use of noise cameras to catch and penalize those who make excessive noise. These devices, costing about $35,000 each, will start recording upon detecting loud sounds and then ideally capture the plate of the offending vehicle. However, the potential drawbacks of the technology need to be carefully evaluated. While the use of such devices to enforce laws is beneficial, there is a need to expand the anti-noise campaign to address all sources of noise, whether on the road, in the air, or inside buildings. Additionally, the reform of a bill providing compensation to noise complainants should not deter individuals from reporting noise violations. When noise laws are violated, consequences must be enforced to maintain a decent quality of life in the city.