In response to citizen complaints related to noisy vehicles, The City of Red Deer conducted a six-day enforcement pilot last month to help curb the issue.
In late August and mid-September, Community Peace Officers (CPO) conducted patrols to target drivers causing excessive noise. CPOs patrolled areas that received the highest number of complaints; targeting noisy behaviour such as vehicles with modified exhaust systems, revving or accelerating to cause excessive noise, and loud stereos.
“Generally, residents are understanding that there will be some noise as a result of urban life, however, excessive vehicle noise that disturbs residents is deemed a noise violation under the Community Standards Bylaw,” said Bart Rowland, Municipal Policing Services Manager. “Enforcement under the pilot were complaint-driven, with the highest number of complaints received between the hours of 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” said Rowland.
During the patrols, a number of tickets were issued for excessive noise, as well as for speeding. CPOs noted that their presence often was enough to curb the behaviour. The City plans to return in Spring 2021 with a formal, more robust traffic noise reduction program that will aim to increase enforcement and decrease this type of citizen complaint.
Under The City’s Community Standard Bylaw, tickets for excessive noise start at $250 for a first offence, and increase to $500 for the second, and $750 for a third offence. Noise complaints can be reported to the Red Deer police non-emergency line at 403-343-5575. If possible, include the licence plate when reporting a vehicle.
For more information, contact:
The City of Red Deer