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Nevada bill takes boom out of auto boom boxes

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – A noise pollution foe urged lawmakers Thursday to outlaw the ”rolling thunder” emitted by powerful sound systems in cars – unless the vehicle is an ice cream truck.

”Your rights end where mine begin,” Donald Fondriasopolous said in griping about the loud, reverberating bass beat from cars on city streets that can penetrate walls of a home. He said the noise is ruining his Las Vegas neighborhood.

Fondriasopolous urged the Senate Transportation Committee to pass AB481, an Assembly-approved measure that bans blaring music from a vehicle that can be heard 25 feet away.



Sen. Maurice Washington, R-Sparks, said he wasn’t sure the state should impose laws that communities can handle by ordinance.

”Do we now have to legislate common courtesy and politeness?” he asked.



Washington also wondered whether such a law would contribute to racial profiling.

”You’ve almost profiled a certain ethnic group that has a tendency to amplify,” said Washington, who is black.

Fondriasopolous said lawmakers shouldn’t be ”playing the race card.” But he said profiling is another matter, noting an advertisement from a car-stereo company claims to ”put the over-40 set into cardiac arrest.”

”I’ve been profiled by this company,” the over-40, anti-noise activist said. ”I’ve been targeted by them.”

Assemblywoman Vonne Chowning, D-North Las Vegas, also rejected the idea of racial profiling, saying loud stereos tend to be found in cars of young men – no matter what their race.

Chowning added that her constituents have complained about loud car stereos waking them up in the middle of the night, interrupting conversations in their homes and making them miss scenes on TV.

She also said AB481 doesn’t include sounds made by emergency vehicles or from vehicles in a parade or procession.

And ice cream trucks were excluded too because lawmakers ”didn’t want to keep ice cream trucks from doing business,” she said. ”The reason for this bill is because of all the complaints and problems.”

AP-WS-04-19-01 2129EDT


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