Calgary’s noise snare hit the streets for the first time on Wednesday, but it seems no Calgarians driving in that area were over the 96-decibel limit.
Besides the number of complaints city bylaw received about loud vehicles in the area along Ogden Road and Millican Road SE, community peace officer Martin Tornberg said the wide variety of vehicles passing by gave them lots of useful test data.
“The complaints revolved around vehicles with retarder and Jake brakes, racing motorcycles and loud diesel pickup trucks,” he said.
But those violators weren’t around on Wednesday afternoon — in two hours, roughly 400 vehicles drove by, loudest clocking in at 93 decibels.
Most vehicles were registering around 80 decibels, said Tornberg, who wasn’t surprised no one clocked in at the limit.
“The majority of vehicles out there are compliant, it’s just the very few that are over the level for whatever reason.”
Because no one was caught, Tornberg said they’ll go back to the complainant and share their results. But if the situation changes, bylaw services will be back.
Data from the snare will go back to council in the fall for potential revisions, Tornberg said. If caught, a ticket is $200.
Ear muffs, kids:
- The device will be deployed on a complaint basis.
- To lodge a noise complaint, call 3-1-1.
- The control box of the device is hooked up to a front and rear camera, as well as a video recording unit and touch screen for the operator. The snare records 10 seconds of audio as the offending vehicle approaches and passes, and the license plate is pulled if the decibels register more than 96.