You’ve heard of “noise cameras”. Britain and Franceand there are even a test is being conducted in Knoxville, Tennessee. Now in the California Senate, the bill provides for a five-year pilot program to test noise detection equipment in six cities in the state.

California SB-1079 will allow the installation of noise cameras in six cities from January 1, 2023 and until 2027. After this five-year period, cities report the results.

The $ 25,000 camera is actually a combination of a noise meter and a camera. When the noise limit is exceeded – in California it is the limit – 95 decibels – the camera records audio and video recordings and records the license plate of the car. However, unlike red light cameras, the ticket is not issued automatically. Sound and visual evidence are manually viewed to see if it is possible to determine which car caused the noise.

The California Senate bill has been passed by two committees, but so far it has progressed.

Complaints about noise from city dwellers have become more common in recent years, with news from New York to Chicago and elsewhere, and although motorcycles with loud exhausts aren’t the only source of complaints, they make up a significant percentage. In some jurisdictions, noise cameras are seen as a way to automate the process of dealing with loud exhaust fumes on both cars and motorcycles, as well as on street racing and loud stereo equipment.

What happens in California is often copied elsewhere, so the SB-1079 might be worth looking at as an early sign of whether noise cameras will get in the United States.

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