Listening to your
car stereo responsibly
(don't ruin it for everyone!)
by Eddie Runner (NU5K)
It's my car stereo, I can play it as loud as I
want to! Who cares what others think. Who cares if the little old ladies down
the street don't like my loud music! I don't give a shit!
Unfortunately, this is the attitude of too many
car audio enthusiasts. This has caused many cities to pass noise ordinances
directed right at our hobby!
Laws against your freedoms are being passed
The city of Chicago has recently passed an anti
car stereo law that so far has resulted in over 6000 impounded vehicles and 2
million bucks in fines. Their law calls for instant confiscation of the vehicle
even for first time offenders!
Outrageous you say? Sure is, I
agree! But folks pass laws against what they don't like. And you and I both
know there are old fogies that don like our loud music! If we could enjoy
our music in our cars with out bothering the old Fogies we could listen and
I don't want them to take away my
freedoms, I would rather listen to my car stereo system
responsibly! It's not such a big deal to turn the stereo down a bit when driving
through a neighborhood, or late at night when you know it will bother
Some folks think it is their right to bother
people with their car stereos.
Let me tell you a story, when my stereo shop
was in its early years and struggling, I had some complaints from some of the
neighbors. They complained any time a customer with a booming car would drive up
to the shop or drive away from the shop, it really wasn't us! It was folks
coming and going. I had one kid with 4 15s in his car that loves to
sit in our parking lot and listen to BASS, when I asked him to keep it down
cause the neighbors were complaining, he though he would wage war on the neighbors!
He would go out of his way to cruise down the street the complaints were coming
from at all hours of the day and night, even when we weren't open, his intention
was to show it wasn't our shops fault....
The cops had to come by our shop many many
times to investigate complaints, it came together with a meeting of the police chief,
my shopping center management, me and the complaining neighbors, luckily I was
able to charm all these folks into liking me, but we had to work very hard to
overcome the problems. It could have put me out of business if things were much
Basically though, if enough folks complain,
lawmakers love making laws and will be happy to pick on us! Show a little responsibility
and don't ruin it for the rest of us, TAKE IT EASY!