Police jury to consider stereo law

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 10, 1999

VIDALIA, La. — Looks like someone picked the wrong neighborhood to test their car stereo.

Concordia Parish Police Juror Charlie Blaney said people routinely drive past his house on Moose Lodge Road near Vidalia at all hours of the night, music blaring from their vehicles.

And he estimates that he has gotten more than 20 calls from nearby residents in the past year, asking him to do something about the problem.

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&uot;Any time you’re playing music loud enough to wake people up, it’s a problem,&uot;&160;Blaney said.

But an ordinance suggested by Blaney and now being considered by the Police Jury would make it illegal for people to blast their car or truck stereos while riding through residential areas.

The wording of the document has not yet been drafted.

Still, the jury will hold a hearing in its Monday meeting to get public input on the problem and how to craft an ordinance to address it.

The ordinance would actually be an addition to the Police Jury’s existing nuisance ordinance.

According to information from the Police Jury, the ordinance now only addresses such things as overgrown lots, trash and debris, and abandoned vehicles.

Both Vidalia and Ferriday have noise ordinances that address loud stereo music, but a similar ordinance has never been passed for unincorporated Concordia Parish.

&uot;We’ve never had this many people complain about it before,&uot;&160;Blaney said.

He admits the ordinance may be difficult to enforce, since drivers blasting their stereos usually don’t stay in one place for long.

&uot;But most times, these are people who live in the neighborhood, so they will be easy to identify,&uot;&160;Blaney said.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Jury meeting room in the courthouse at 4001 Carter St.