Keep the noise down: RCMP

Every summer, Red Deer RCMP receive thousands of noise complaints, and they would like to remind residents that tickets and fines can be issued for loud parties or vehicles.

Every summer, Red Deer RCMP receive thousands of noise complaints, and they would like to remind residents that tickets and fines can be issued for loud parties or vehicles.

Police are asking people to be mindful of the impact their behaviour has on others with regard to noise. RCMP Cpl. Leanne Molzahn said in a release that the RCMP realize some level of noise is part of being in a city and now that the temperature is rising, people want to open their windows to let fresh air in.

However, this also lets noise flow freely, which can be a problem.

“A little neighbourly courtesy can go a long way to making the summer an enjoyable, conflict-free time for everyone,” said Molzahn.

“Just remember that your right to make noise ends at the point where it infringes on your neighbours’ right to enjoy their yard or get a decent night’s sleep.”

For vehicles, the most common noise complaints include revving at intersections and accelerating too quickly, which creates excessive vehicle noise. Police said other common complaints include vehicles with unreasonably loud stereos or with modified exhaust systems that can be heard for blocks.

Under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, it is prohibited to operate a motor vehicle in an unduly disturbing manner between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The offence carries a fine of $115.

Loud music and conversation at house parties are also complaints that abound during the summer. Police can issue tickets under the Red Deer Community Standards Bylaw, which says that no person shall cause or permit any noise that annoys or disturbs the peace of any other person, or allow property they own or control to be used in a manner that annoys or disturbs the peace of any other person. The bylaw permits for escalating fines starting at $250 for the first offence, $500 for the second and $750 for the third.

Police said habitual offenders may also be charged with mischief under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Police say noise complaints should be reported to the Red Deer RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575. It is not appropriate to call 911 for noise complaints; that line is for emergencies only.

Anyone calling to report a vehicular noise complaint should include a licence plate so the RCMP can investigate.

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