2003 -- H 5378
A N A C T
RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES
Introduced By: Representatives Trillo, Giannini, Anguilla, T Brien, and Scott
Date Introduced: February 04, 2003
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Title 11 of the General Laws entitled "Criminal Offenses" is hereby
amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
UNREASONABLE NOISE LEVELS
11-45.1-1. Declaration of policy. – It is hereby declared to be the policy of the state to
prohibit unreasonable, excessive and annoying noise levels from all sources subject to its police
power. At certain levels, low frequency sound (between 100-20 cps) when substantially
amplified, often referred to as sub-woofer frequency, can be extremely penetrating, disturbing
and poses a danger to the health and safety of the individual using equipment creating the sound,
and to other individuals in the immediate area from which the sound is being generated. The
noise being generated may originate from radios, CD players, DVD players, tape players,
televisions and other audio-producing equipment.
11-45.1-2. Violations of acceptable noise levels. – It shall be unlawful for any person to
operate any equipment as set forth in section 11-45.1-1 from which the sound created by this
equipment is capable of penetrating a closed vehicle from twenty (20) feet away from the location
at which the sound is being generated, or heard from one hundred (100) feet away by a person
outside from which the sound is originating. This section shall include, but not be limited to,
sound electronically generated by autos, trucks, motor homes, mobile homes, houses, apartment
buildings, condominiums, commercial buildings, or from any type of portable sound producing
equipment that can be carried or placed outdoors which through its operation exceeds the
provision of this chapter. All state and municipal vehicles shall be exempt from the provisions of
this chapter, nor any person firm, corporation or other legal entity which holds a valid state or
municipal entertainment license to sponsor a parade, carnival or other similar special event.
11-45.1-3. Penalties. – Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall, upon
conviction, be subject to a fine in the amount of one hundred dollars ($100) for a first offense,
two hundred dollars ($200) for a second offense, and three hundred dollars ($300) for the third
and any subsequent offense.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.