In a 4 to 1 vote Monday, the Sparks City council passed an ordinance to prohibit excessive music from car stereos. According to ordinance, which was sponsored by Councilman Ron Smith, a car stereo is too loud if it is plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet from the vehicle. Smith says he decided something had to be done after noticing a growing number of drivers on city streets with blaring radios. “It jars my teeth loose sometimes,” he joked, “And you know what I've had people ask me can we do anything about that.”
It turns out Sparks Police have been enforcing a noise policy all along. Juan Diaz says he was pulled over in August by an officer who told him his stereo was too loud. Diaz was cited and fined $192.00 under existing regulation Sparks Municipal Code 9.42 regarding Sound Amplification. Councilman Smith says adding his ordinance which, unlike SMC 9.42, deals specifically with motor vehicles, will make enforcement easier for police.