It’s that time of the year. The summer season means we’ll start hearing it again. It being really loud, sometimes inappropriate “music” played by drivers of cars who feel the necessity to share their favorite tunes with the rest of humanity.
You know what I’m talking about. You can hear them coming from a block away. By the time the offending jukebox-‐on-‐wheels pulls up next to you, you can feel the music as well as hear it. And the nastier the lyrics, the louder they’re being played.
Sometimes I comment to the mobile boom box, “Say, could you turn that up, there’s somebody in Boston who can’t quite hear it.”
Of course, I say this under my breath because the driver is always much younger and stronger than I and, given the nature of the lyrics he so enjoys, my guess is he’s not opposed to violence. (As an aside, have you noticed that it’s not we older drivers who can’t hear so well anymore who drive with the radio turned up too high? I mean, when was the last time you heard Tony Bennett blaring from a car?)
I was recently in the Tampa area. The city council has just approved an ordinance giving police the authority to ticket drivers whose stereos are plainly audible 50 feet away. First offense: $250, second offense: $450, third offense: jail time. I know there are many noise ordinances in our area. I don’t know if we have any specifically targeting inconsiderate mobile music-‐sharers but we should have. There’s nothing like driving with a couple of kids in the back seat and having one of these characters pull up next to you at a red light with “#@%&**@!” flying into your car and into the ears of your young passengers.
Anyway, driving around here is frustrating enough as it is. We don’t need any more reasons to get our blood pressure elevated. So, if you’d be so kind as to turn the dang stereo down 40 to 50 decibels, it would be a much appreciated Core Value.