Pennsylvania Town Adopts Strict Sound Restrictions

| by Emily Smith
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The Coraopolis City Council passed a sound ordinance on July 10 that regulates excessive noise, with a 7-0 vote affirming the action.

Coraopolis, with a population of 5,500 people, is a generally peaceful town with the occasional noise from incoming trains or big trucks.

“The only noisy thing about it is the train,” Asha Luster, a resident, noted about the town. “Other than that and the trucks and everything else, it’s really pretty quiet.”

Previously, construction and business noises were the only regulated sounds. Now, the ordinance states that all residents are entitled to peaceful enjoyment without unreasonable interruption by any sound.

Restrictions include using a horn, playing music, yelling, whistling, singing and hooting on public streets. Noises caused by pets for a continuous amount of time are also included.

The ordinance will be especially enforced near hospitals, hotels or residencies.

Manager Ray McCutcheon said violating the ordinance can result in a fine of up to $500, plus the cost of proceedings.

Sources: CBS News, Pittsburgh Post Gazette