My Turn, Your Turn: Blaring car radios

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - I recently heard from a resident of downtown Wilmington who wrote me about a problem that is apparently getting out of hand - blaring car radios.

Susie writes:

"You've probably experienced such noise at any stop light within the city limits, but those of us who live downtown hear it on a regular basis. As I sit and write this my walls vibrate as the cars pass booming their radios.  I don't live on the main road, but a side street.  And I am greatly burdened with this nonsense."

What I really like about Susie's "Your Turn" message is she doesn't just present a problem, she also offers a solution.

She goes on to say:

"My next step is to get a neighborhood petition to request help from the police. This is against the law and I'm sure 50 or so fines may deter such behavior."

Well Susie - we wish you luck.  And to those of you cruising around downtown - be warned - Susie has a decibel reduction plan.

That's Susie's turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewers' Response:

i understand those who can hear don't need loud music but lets consider that there may be some one deaf. they should be explained about the timing late at night and loud music cause i didn't know it's against the law and im deaf. we love to feel the vibration of the car that put off beat in music even though we can't hear the music. im not really a every time getting in the car needing to feel music but i do know the guys that are deaf get into it. from time to time i i remember that music and want to turn it up trying to feel the most of the beat it lets me know where i am in a song. we try to memorize the beat to the words and if we can't feel where we are in the song then it throws us off where or what part of the song we are at.


Blaring car radios are annoying but my pet peeve is barking dogs. I live in an area where everyone has at least two or three dogs - mostly large attack type - and it's beyond me how their owners can tolerate their non stop yapping. The houses where I live have large wooden fences and dog "voices" carry and echo, so it's not always possible to determine where the offending animal is located and there's little the police can or will do. Adding to the problem is the fact that I work shift work and usually sleep in the evenings prior to my graveyard shift (I go in at 1am) and the time most dog owners put their pets out is in the late afternoons and evenings when they get off of work but I have been kept awake at night, probably by pet owners, who like myself, work the graveyard shift and don't realize their animal barks until the next morning until they return home.

The days are gone when everyone works from 8 to 5 with industry running around the clock. It's time to change the archaic laws to reflect modern times


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