Police to Lower Boom on Boom Boxes 03-21-01

PHONE: 961-2345
MARCH 21, 2001


Big Island police have announced they are cracking down on excessive noise from boom boxes.

In response to numerous public complaints, police officers will be on the lookout for violators islandwide.

Section 14-18 of the Hawaii County Code defines a violation as noise from a radio, tape recorder, cassette player or other machine or device for reproducing sound that can be heard from a distance of 50 or more feet and is located:

  • On public property, including a public street or highway.
  • In a motor vehicle located on a public street or highway or in a public place.

Violators are subject to a fine of up to $100 for first offense, up to $500 for second offense within six months of the first offense and up to $1,000 for third or higher offense within one year of the first offense. If the third offense occurs within one year of the first, the sound system or its components are subject to forfeiture.

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