Love Loud Music? New NYC Laws Could Have New Jersey Drivers In Trouble
Wow, and I thought my EZPass Big Brother theory was scary.
If you are a driver with a metal foot or are someone who enjoys loud music, you may be in some trouble thanks to some of the new rules being proposed for New York drivers.
And when a rule works in New York, where does it usually come next? That's right...the good ol' Garden State.
So let me break this down for you all because there are two parts.
Let me first address the speeding part of this story.
According to WIVB.com, there is a new pilot program that is about to be tested that will involve setting up speeding cameras near work zones on NYC roads.
If you are going above a certain speed, the camera captures you and your license plate and *POOF* you will receive a speeding violation without speaking one word to a police officer.
But when you hear the reason behind it, it is kind of hard to say it is a bad idea:
“The general idea is to get people to slow down in work Zones," said Senator Tim Kenney. "There were dozens of catastrophic injuries and deaths last year in the state of New York across the country.”
Makes sense and honestly, using this idea for Jersey Shore work zones wouldn't be the worst idea in the world; Especially since our car volume exponentially increases in the Summer time.
But what if this speeding cameras idea evolves to where these same devices will eventually be used to monitor all New Jersey roads in the future?
Don't roll your eyes at me...this could so happen....
But would it be a good thing? Or a bad thing?
It would be bad because...well....it can be easy to go a few miles over the speed limit while driving. You get comfortable in your car and you got your music playing...
It could be good though and here is why. If cameras can handle everyday violations, like speeding for example, New Jersey police officers could then focus their attention on bigger issues elsewhere.
Just a thought.
Okay, now for the noise factor.
And this one hurts because I am someone who loves to blast my music with the windows down while I drive. It's just the Jersey way.
So once again, this is a rule being proposed for NYC that might be one step too far.
According to MSN.com, this law would involve "acoustic monitors" being placed at various points throughout the city to fine drivers -- as much as $1,500 -- for being too loud.
And this could apply to you playing music OR honking your horn. It distracts other drivers and disrupts other nearby residents.
According to MSN.com, "There have been more than 51,000 noise complaints since Jan. 1."
Here is how it would work:
"As soon as the microphone picked it up, we'd snap a picture, it would get sent to a police officer to review," said NYC Councilman Ben Kallos.
This one I think is a bit too much.
New Jersey is not quite as congested as New York City but over a grand will come out of my pocket because of my music.
And the horns are there to alert other drivers! Now I might get fined for using a tool car manufacturers provided for a reason?
Noise complaints or not, there has to be a line here.
We've talked about Big Brother many times and this is just one step closer to monitoring everything I do, I hear or I say and how loud I say it.
The solution would be to hope that all drivers -- whether in New Jersey or New York -- could just behave responsibly.
But I think I have a better chance of having pigs fly out of my nose.
But now I'm curious...thoughts on this?
Send your thoughts to Nicole.Murray@townsquaremedia.com. Mwah! XOXO