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NYC to crack down on loud vehicles with automated noise cameras and big fines

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New York City officials recently approved a new plan to deploy a series of automated noise cameras citywide within the next two years.

This week, the New York City Council approved the “Stop Spreading the Noise Act,” which will allow officials to deploy camera/sound technology that can identify and ticket drivers with overly loud vehicles.

The camera technology will begin recording when vehicle noise over 85 decibels is detected to try to capture license plate information.

ABC7 reports that vehicle noise violators could be ticketed $800 for first time offenders and up to $2500 for repeat offenders.

Seven noise cameras are already in operation in locations across New York City, but following the approval of the City Council, officials will be required to add at least five noise cameras to each of the five boroughs by September 2025.

The “Stop Spreading the Noise Act” was introduced in 2022 by City Council Member Keith Powers.

“We know New York City is the city that never sleeps. But let’s be honest—sometimes we all do need a good night’s sleep,” said Council Member Keith Powers. “That’s why I’m proud to introduce the ‘Stop Spreading the Noise’ Act, which will significantly reduce excessive noise across all five boroughs and greatly improve our city’s basic quality of life.” 

Critics of the noise cameras say that they pose privacy concerns.

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