Charleston Approves Noise Ordinance

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you like to listen to your music loud when you drive through Charleston, you'd better pay attention. It's time to turn it down, or pay up.

Charleston city leaders are cracking down on loud noises in the city.

"I've been inside the house, and the windows rattle and shake, and it's very disturbing" Charleston City Councilman Robert Sheets said. "It almost feels like there's an earthquake going by."

Sheets said people driving through his neighborhood and blaring music is a problem.

"When you're near it, it makes the blood in your veins thump to the music," he said.

But the problem isn't just limited to his neighborhood.

"I was on Lee Street downtown one day, and I couldn't even hear my radio in my vehicle with the windows up because this car that was in front of me was playing their music so loud," he said.

Ernestine Cook has lived in this neighborhood for 31 years and she said she notices the same thing.

"People living in the city, especially when the houses are as close as they are here, they should have respect for other people," Cook said.

But on Monday, Council approved a new law banning loud music. It's now illegal to play music in a car or house, loud enough that it can be heard 25 feet away.

City officials have worked on the ordinance for several years. They said it's an effort to let people enjoy peace and quiet in their homes.

Violators could be faced with fines up to $500.


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