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East Side’s problems are over…

You know that the problems on the East Side must be over when Fillmore District Councilmember David Franczyk has time to move on to such quality of life issues such as “booming car stereos.”

From his interview on WBEN

“All throughout the city you’ll see at all hours of the day and night you’ll see some individuals who don’t use their normal radio that they get installed at the factory, but they install very large jerry-rigged speakers – sound speakers – in their vehicles – cars, trucks, SUVs – place them in the trunks in many cases, or put ’em in the backseat, and put on a rolling thunder – a very aggressive blasting sound that rattles windows, that wakes babies up, that disturbs seniors, that… uh.. disrupts the… you’re gonna have some noise and we want people to enjoy music but not like that, it’s illegal.”

Ok, well if it’s already illegal, then why not just enforce the law?

“In fact, the number of summonses has increased from a handful to a high of about 290 summons tickets last month with an 80% conviction rate in administrative adjudication offices, but I think it’s, you know, diverting the police away from what they should be doing and if we ban these large installations of these stereos in the vehicles, I think we’ll go a long way to bringing some, you know, peace and quiet to people that are… have this assault against them. It’s a very aggressive, anti-social behavior and it has to be stopped.”

So, the solution then is to ticket install shops?

“Well, I wouldn’t go after the installers, but I would go after the individuals that have it installed in thier vehicles where the police would write a summons for uh… having this kind of equipment that’s obviously intended to disturb the public peace.”

Uh… so the police who Franczyk says are being “diverted away from what they should be doing” will now instead have to ticket those who aren’t actually disturbing the peace, but have the potential to disturb the peace? I think Dave has seen Minority Report a few too many times.

WBEN asked, wouldn’t it be a big loss to the businesses that do the installations?

“Don’t know about that… It’s really not intended to be out in the street and used in the street. For example, what the law department could say, uh, you can have these little ATV scooters, but you can’t drive them around the neighborhood. They might rule, but I’d like to see a ruling, that you can have them but you can’t play them.”

You mean, like the current law? There’s also certainly no equipment out there that’s intended for use on the streets.

Sounds like Franczyk has a clear understanding of the problem, the equipment, the issues, and the businesses that would be affected by his little crusade against the potential law-breakers. Jim Ostrowski can have a field day with this one.

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  1. With the news that violent crimes are up around the city, you’d think the BPD would be better employed tackling that problem rather than “those damn kids and their infernal boomboxes”.

  2. Here’s my favorite part of Buffalo’s noise ordinance –

    Yelling, shouting or hooting at any time or place so as to annoy or disturb the quiet, comfort and repose of a reasonable person of normal sensitivities.

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