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Need tougher laws to tone down car stereos

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It's Sunday morning as I sit down to my computer in my office. It's a very quiet, peaceful time as I sip my first cup of dark, rich coffee. The quiet tranquility does not last long though. The silence is disturbed by boom,boom - boom,boom. A car drives down the street with the stereo blasting. Keep in mind that I have not opened the windows yet and that my office is located in the rear of my house. Just last night as I lay in bed reading after 10:30 at night, boom, boom - boom,boom. Loud stereos are not the only thing that interrupts my peace. Cars drive by with no mufflers and I listen to that even with the TV on.

I played my car stereo loud when I was younger, and I still like to crank it up once in awhile, but I don't have bass woofers the size of my trunk and doubt if my neighbors can hear it inside their house with the windows closed.

I wonder when the last time a citation was issued for loud music or a loud muffler? I know that the town of Normal has passed an ordinance regarding loud stereos and I know that it is against the law to drive a car without a muffler. If citations are being issued, they are not being effective. Perhaps it's time to try something different, like impounding the car and making the owner pay to get the car back. The city of Peoria has recently adopted this policy because they have the same disregard for the laws and difficulty enforcing them.

Rick Huette



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