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Waterloo police cracking down on loud sound


Starting this month, Waterloo police are launching a Quality of Life Initiative. Each month, Director of Safety Services Dan Trelka is focusing on a different violation. This October, officers are putting an emphasis on ticketing drivers with extremely loud car stereos.

We've all seen them, or heard them, drive by, and audio upgrades can mean big business for local companies like Clear View Service.

"Car audio and car audio installation is a big part of our business. Whether it's just for upgrading factory components in vehicles that have gone bad over the years, or upgrading components for better sound," said technician Jason Miller.

But just because it can go as loud as money can by, doesn't mean it needs to.

"It's at the user's discretion. We set everything up so it will sound good and not be distorted. But when the consumer gets behind it, it's no different from buying a fast car at the dealership. It's at their discretion how fast they go," said Miller. "More so the installations we do here are for sound quality over just trying to be blatantly loud."

A noise ordinance banning drivers from disturbing the peace has been on the books in Waterloo for years. This month, police are no longer letting the violation slide. Drivers with extremely loud stereos, face a fine of $195.

"Some people get that base cranking, and they get it so loud that you can be 50 feet from the car and your body can feel how loud it is. Those are the ones we're going to focus on," said Trelka.

You might ask, aren't there more important issues on which Waterloo police should be focusing their time? Trelka believes, paying attention to lesser offenses, like loud music, will improve overall safety in Waterloo.

"Crime is down across the Cedar Valley. And we're not going to pull officers away from domestics or anything to enforce that. We're just going to ask officers to pay special attention to this as they're driving down the road," said Trelka.

So how loud is too loud? The rule of thumb: if the police can feel it, you'll want to turn it down.

Trelka said future violations may include loud motorcycles or pedestrians wandering in the streets.

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