Noise Ordinance

by Tashun Chism

According to Lufkin police a man was hit in the face by a stranger last night when he stopped at a red light on South Timberland.

"The men in the truck were playing Hip Hop music and the victim seemed to think that the suspect liked Heavy Metal a little better," said Lt. David Young of the Lufkin Police Department.

The reason behind the attack may seem absurd to some people, but it does bring up one question: How loud is too loud to play your music?

Any noise that can be heard more than 50 feet away and disturbs any person is a violation of the city ordinance.

"We've gotten tickets here working on cars in our bay," said  Lance Hall, manager of Pure Energy Car Audio.

Hall says many of his customers and co-workers think Lufkin's noise ordinance is unfair.

"You can hear a normal conversation at about 50 feet, so it leaves the police room to pick on who they want to pick on."

Many other East Texans think the ordinance isn't enforced enough.

"I think it's terrible that they let it go on. I don't think that people should disturb everybody with their music," said Sharon Allison.

Lufkin police tell us sometimes it's a little harder to enforce the noise ordinance than many East Texans think.

"When you drive around in a bright car with marking on it, they see you before you see them and they turn the music down. And there are times when I've been at an intersection and I could hear it but I couldn't determine which vehicle it was coming from," Young said.

The ordinance is not restricted to cars with loud music. Violations range from vehicles without mufflers to noise from a home. Violation of the city noise ordinance is a class c misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500.