Additional Tool for Abating Automotive Noise Supported by Counties

On February 8, 2023, Associate Policy Director Sarah Sample testified before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in support of SB 0229 – Vehicle Laws – Noise Abatement Monitoring Systems – Authorization, Use, and Penalties.

The House Environment and Transportation Committee will consider the bill’s cross-file, HB 1130, on March 2.

SB 0229 authorizes counties to install noise abatement monitoring systems on local roadways, and imposes civil penalties on the operators of motor vehicles recorded in violation of automotive noise requirements. In equipping local government with an additional tool to ensure compliance with common-sense regulations, this bill helps counties secure the safety of the communities they serve. An automated option for enforcing motor vehicle laws also has the potential to enable counties to reallocate costs that would otherwise be be put toward manual motor vehicle monitoring.

From the MACo Testimony:

This is enabling legislation that authorizes counties to apply an additional tool in maintaining motor vehicle compliance and safety in neighborhoods and communities. In addition to the enhanced security and order these programs help local governments maintain, they also help to support other public safety measures that keep these communities thriving. With an automated option for enforcing motor vehicle laws and violations, there is great potential to divert costs associated with law enforcement personnel who would typically be tasked with motor vehicle monitoring. These savings can be reinvested in other areas, while maintaining compliance and calming neighborhoods via the automated monitoring system.

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