CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A new law cracking down on loud stereos goes into place this month, meaning those caught making too much noise could be hit with a misdemeanor charge.
Sounds "plainly audible" more than 50 feet from a vehicle now can earn a driver a Class C misdemeanor and a $50 fine under Tennessee law.
Chattanooga, like many surrounding municipalities, have local noise ordinances, but most are lenient compared to the new state law. Chattanooga's noise ordinance, which specifies unlawful decibel levels based on time of day, will be superseded by the state legislation.
State Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Portland, said the new legislation is necessary to protect people in rural areas without noise ordinances from being disturbed.