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NYC installs noise cameras to fine drivers up to $2,500 for having loud cars or honking excessively

New York City is considering expanding pilot programs such as: crackdown on noisy drivers By imposing fines of up to $2,500 for excessive vehicle noise and honking. new york times It was reported on Tuesday.

According to Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Rohit Agarwala, the city started installing noise cameras early last year. Currently, he has seven cameras installed around New York City. In addition, he said nine cameras (approximately $35,000 each) have been purchased and will be installed by the end of the year.

Noise cameras are “much like speed cameras,” Agarwala explained. Noise cameras are activated when a sound level exceeds 85 decibels. sounds in the range of 85-100 decibels The equivalent of a lawn mower, hair dryer, or mixer.

Agarwala said the city’s noise cameras are increasingly being used to issue fines to drivers to reduce noise levels. Drivers could receive tickets ranging from $800 to $2,500, he noted.

The City Council is currently considering a bill sponsored by Sen. Keith Powers (D) that would allow the city to install five noise cameras in each ward.

Privileges listed X On Tuesday, he announced he was trying to “address noisy vehicles with a new noise camera program.”

The New York City Council majority leader noted that the city’s noise levels are “constantly getting worse,” the Times reported.

“We have always lived in cities and there are always different issues that we have to accept as part of our lives,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean you should completely surrender to noisy environments.”

Jerome Greco, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, told the Times he was concerned about how noise cameras would affect New Yorkers’ privacy.

“When you have a new technology that can do something like this, it’s ripe for exploitation. There are legitimate concerns,” he said.

Greco said he may support the use of noise cameras if certain safety measures are taken to protect the public. He added: “This is problematic because it currently exists.”

“We’ve seen time and time again that areas with large populations of people of color are often subject to all kinds of surveillance and surveillance,” Greco continued. “They generally seem to be bearing the brunt of these things.”

Agarwala explained that the city does not share the locations of the cameras due to concerns that drivers may avoid them or try to destroy them.

He noted that as of last month, 218 violations had been issued against drivers with modified mufflers and 147 violations against drivers who honked their horns excessively in violation of the city’s noise ordinance. More than 90 percent of these violations were upheld by administrative hearing officers, Agarwala said.

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