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PENNSYLVANIA NOISE LEGISLATION COULD TURN NOSEY NEIGHBORS INTO SNITCHES

December 17, 2009

PENNSYLVANIA NOISE LEGISLATION COULD TURN NOSEY NEIGHBORS INTO SNITCHES

House Bill 2104 on noise control was introduced in the Pennsylvania legislature on November 18 and referred to the House Committee on Transportation to consider allowing citizens to report loud vehicles and noisy mufflers to authorities for further action. 

As introduced, HB 2104 reads;

Exhaust systems, mufflers and noise control.

(f)  Enforcement for violations –

(1)  A person who reasonably believes that a motor vehicle is in violation of this section may file a complaint, containing the registration plate number, with a magisterial district judge.

(2)  Based on the information in the complaint, the magisterial district justice may issue a search warrant for the vehicle and shall forward the search warrant and information contained in the complaint to the Pennsylvania State Police for investigation.

(3)  Upon receipt of the search warrant, the Pennsylvania State Police shall investigate whether the vehicle is in violation of this section and shall take appropriate action to enforce the provisions of this section.

(4)  A person who files more than one complaint under this section which, after investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police, are determined not to support a violation of this section shall be prohibited from filing any additional complaint under this section for a period of 12 months.

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