SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield Police are urging people to keep the noise down, or face a fine.
From April 20 through Thursday, officers from the police department’s Ordinance Unit has given out 47 noise violation citations.
So far in 2013, the department has issued over 3,167 violations, compared to 1,309 citations that were issued in 2012.
The citations are given to those “who are riding around in cars, blasting their car stereos,” Delaney adds, but also have been issued to residences who continually disturb the peace by blaring music from the home.
“Noise complaints are the number one issue with residents when they complain about quality of life issues in their neighborhood,” Delaney says, noting that Police Commissioner William Fitchet has ordered units to maintain “zero tolerance” as it relates to noise.
Since enforcement of the ordinance started in March 2012, the city has collected $66,065 in fines.
Fines are issued to violators on the following structure:
- First Offense – $100 ticket
- Second Offense – $200 ticket
- Third and subsequent offenses – $300 ticket