DANBURY, Conn. — If you see a white car with bright yellow letters driving by your house, you may want to tone it down -- before the "Noise Busters" get you.
In response to multiple complaints about noise levels in the city, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton appointed the city's first noise control officer, Edwin Duran, and also unveiled the “Noise Busters” cruiser on Wednesday afternoon in front of City Hall.
"We are here to kick off our noise control program in the City of Danbury," said Boughton.
Duran was sworn in for his new 19-hours-a-week position. The Noise Busters cruiser, which says "Who Ya Gonna Call" in bright red letters on its side, is an old City of Danbury car that has been taken out of service. It displays the number to call in for complaints, which is "Cityline 311."
Boughton said the point of the program is to bring awareness to the issue of noise in an effort to improve quality of life. The program involves talking with residents to get them to reduce their loud noises and to not disturb others around them.
Duran, a Danbury resident who speaks both Spanish and English, will drive around the City of Danbury armed with a walkie-talkie.
On the first complaint, Duran will have a discussion with the noise-making party. On the second complaint, the party will be issued a citation. And on the third complaint, Duran will radio police who will issue a ticket of $25, $50 or $75.
Les Pinter, deputy corporation counsel at the City of Danbury, said the specifics as to the volume of the noise is spelled out in a new Danbury ordinance.
The ordinance stipulates guidelines in regard to how many feet away from a house the noise level is or how close other houses are to each other in relation to the noise.
Danbury resident Hollis Beer had mixed reactions to the Noise Buster car.
"I think it's a good idea if it's successful. I know my neighbor has called the police several times about her neighbors in the house next to her and this can be frustrating," she said. "If the police don't respond right away, can this car do better?"
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