Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:52:53 -0400
From: Debra Huron <email@example.com>
I used to think that Champlain Park was a quiet neighbourhood. Now, I think otherwise because I regularly hear the thunderous sounds of cars racing on the Parkway near our house (and possibly along Island Park Drive) throughout the darkest hours of the night.
Is this something that others in our neighbourhood are bothered by?
Today, I saw a report on CBC about a man in a town just west of Sudbury who was concerned about loud car noises at night. Here’s a link to the report, which features someone who had the courage to confront the people responsible for using vehicles as a weapon of audio warfare. Not many of us would be willing to do this. As an aside, I can’t say it makes me happy to know that the noise makers are exactly the sort of people I imagined they might be. The video has gone viral: http://bit.ly/1mSb6Sp
In the northern Ontario video, it seems the car had a defective muffler. Here in Ottawa, people are deliberately outfitting their cars to make noise.
Less than a week ago, I wrote a letter to Yasir Naqvi, our provincial representative at Queen’s Park, to ask what the Highway Safety Act is doing to prevent people from retrofitting their exhaust systems so they will create tremendous noise. I did this because one day last week, as I was walking to work at 8:30 a.m., a car driving up to a red light at Carleton Ave. and Scott St., fitted with double exhaust, was so loud that it could probably be heard three blocks away. As the car turned the corner onto Scott, the noise made me hang back. Unfortunately, there is no escaping noise unless we wear earplugs to walk the streets. We all become victims of the onslaught.
I know that he City of Ottawa has a noise by-law that applies after 11 p.m., but I do not think it will help me because I can’t chase down moving perpetrators at 3 a.m. What I might be able to do, in broad daylight, is take down the licence plate number of a car that I see–and hear–while on foot. Mr. Naqvi’s office has referred my letter to the Ministry of Transportation. I’ll let you know what the response is.
Debra Isabel Huron
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