Red Deer’s noise reduction pilot project has limited success

Project wasn’t catching up with target motorists

While called “fun” and educational, a pilot project intended to reduce vehicular noise on Red Deer roads — didn’t.

Community Services director Sarah Cockerill told City Council on Monday that a two-year-noise reduction pilot project wasn’t reaching its actual target audience.

While a decibel reader was taken to several collector car shows in the city, where about 200 motorists testing it out on their vehicles, Cockerill admitted these weren’t the targets of the program.

While there were some loud classic cruisers, they generally aren’t the ones that create the noise and speed hazard on Red Deer roads, she added.

Since the real offenders are heard one moment and gone the next, Cockerill added they are a hard group to reach. “Every municipality is struggling with it.”

The City of Red Deer will therefore wait and see what position the AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association) is going to take on the issue.

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