A new bill introduced today in the New Jersey Legislature would allow police to impound vehicles which blare music at high levels.
The bill was introduced jointly by Senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez, James Beach and Troy Singleton.
“The love for music is one thing most people share in common, including myself. However, drivers must have regard for the people and communities around them who may be affected by blaring sound systems,” Cruz-Perez (D-Camden/Gloucester), said in a statement.
“The bill would ensure that neighborhood residents are protected against these roaring vehicles.”
The bill, S-3047, defines a nuisance motor vehicle as a vehicle in which the operation of an internal sound system is plainly audible at a distance of 50 feet or more from the motor vehicle.
Under the bill, municipalities would be allowed to seize and, in certain circumstances, destroy the vehicles.
For the first offense, the vehicle would be required to be impounded for at least 7 days, a second offense would increase the period of impoundment to 14 days and in combination with a $750 dollar fee.
For years, communities throughout the state, and especially along the Jersey Shore, have been affected by the loud music from “boom parties, which are extremely large gatherings of people, and their cars, often at a beach, where music is blasted from massive speaker systems.
The vibrations from the music affect residents miles away, during weekdays and the weekend, and at all hours of the night.