UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 10:36pm
Killeen, TX — Summertime can bring various parties and celebrations outdoors, but Killeen is warning residents to keep it civil.
Killeen Police are now skipping warnings and giving $500 tickets to people who break the city’s sound ordinance.
Whether it comes from a car driving down the road, music blasting at a city park, or even one's front yard, police are keeping an ear out for violators.
Big gatherings can obviously play music and have fun as they wish, but police say there is a distinct line between acceptable noise and levels that disrupt even those that at a distance.
“Just because you like your music, doesn’t mean everybody else does." said Carroll Smith of Killeen PD. "So, play it within reason. Everybody doesn’t need to listen to what you have playing.”
The initiative came after numerous noise complaints in the past few weeks came in from local residents.
The city's ordinance is as follows:
Loud Noise Ordinance – Section 16-77 A person may not:
(a) Make noise or play a musical instrument or other equipment plainly audible to a nearby business or residence during the nighttime.
(b) Operate, permit, or cause the operation of any device that creates vibration which is above the vibration perception threshold of an individual at or beyond the property of the source if no private property or at fifty (50) feet from the source if in a public space or public right-of-way.
(c) Create, generate, produce, or emanate an unreasonable noise or noise which, by its manner, volume, intensity, or duration annoys, distresses or disturbs the comfort or repose of any reasonable person or ordinary nervous sensibilities within.