Excessive noise, music violates policies

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Espinoza
Law Enforcement Division
Directorate of Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Cruising down the street and what do you hear – the beat of the bass and the buzz of a muffler!

This month, the Directorate of Emergency Services, or DES, would like to highlight a growing noise nuisance throughout the community. Yes, it’s those excessively loud mufflers and music.

Unfortunately, some motorists do not understand how loud their music is, or that it is illegal for an exhaust to produce excessive or unusual noise – whether modified or defective.

In Hawaii, cutouts, bypasses and other equipment designed to amplify the sound of the engine or muffler is not permitted, and it is citable under the Hawaii Revised Statue (HRS). If you purchase an aftermarket muffler or exhaust system, it cannot produce a sound level beyond those created by the original manufacturer parts.

Violating this law could cost you between $25 and $250 dollars for each separate offense.

We would like to call on unit level leaders to speak with their Soldiers and educate them on this code to prevent them from losing money and to teach them to be good stewards within the community by not inadvertently creating a nuisance.

Another trend that has been noted is individuals playing radios or other audio equipment loudly. In accordance with U.S. Army Hawaii (USARHAW) Policy 1, music, vibrations or other audio equipment cannot be heard more than 30 feet away, which is approximately three car lengths.

Drivers should also be aware that any profanity emanating from any music or sound source of a motor vehicle is prohibited from any distance from the vehicle. Violation of this policy could result in a 1408 citation and an assessment of three traffic points.

Although this is not a monetary citation, an accumulation of 12 traffic points within 12 months, or 18 within 24 months, will result in a suspension of installation driving privileges for six months.

This policy is applicable to all Soldiers, civilians, family members, contractors and other personnel who work on, reside on, or visit any U.S. Army installation in the state of Hawaii.

Monthly Crime Trends
Crimes against persons in the form of domestics, with and without assault, were the trending crime with 18 incidents in October.

There are a number of resources through the Family Advocacy Program, at 655-4227, or Military OneSource, at 438-1781, to assist in preventing these occurrences.

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