Edmonton turns off 4 vehicle noise displays after complaints of stunting, intentional noise
The City of Edmonton has turned off all four of its LCD noise displays being used as part of a pilot project to measure how loud vehicles are.
Residents complained about motorists stunting in front of the signs and creating a lot of noise, “which was quite bothersome to people living nearby,” said Gary Dyck, with the office of traffic safety.
While the displays have been turned off, they’re still collecting data, Dyck said.
The signs used to indicate if a vehicle was too loud for the community standards — a maximum 85 dBA (decibels).
The displays are located at 124 Street and 109 Avenue, Victoria Park Road, 99 Street and 77 Avenue, and Fort Road and 130 Avenue.
Cameras are also part of the 2018 pilot. They’re located on Jasper Avenue from 109 Street to 124 Street, 114 Street south from 82 Avenue and into Belgravia, Groat Road, 137 Avenue between 97 Street and 127 Street.
Tickets are not yet being mailed out to offenders. After the testing period, there will eventually be enforcement, but an exact timeline is not yet known.
“If the testing meets all the technical requirements and the concept is approved, enforcement could still be a long way off,” Dyck said.
Results of the pilot project will be presented to city councillors in November.
City Council would need to approve the necessary bylaw before tickets can be issued, Dyck said. There will likely be some provincial requirements too. Then the city would need to purchase equipment and set up the program.
In April, Coun. Andrew Knack said the number of loud vehicle complaints had recently plateaued but had risen dramatically since 2013.
“I think it’s long overdue [to look at this issue],” Knack said at the time.
“[It’s a] pretty major issue if you’re living there and you’re hearing it night after night after night. There are a lot of people living in the community that have concerns about how that person is impacting their quality of life.”
In fact, once the pilot launched and the LCD displays were turned on, some Edmonton residents noticed drivers revving their engines near the decibel signs.
Nadine Callihoo-Hansen, who lives on a side street off Fort Road at 132 Avenue, reached her breaking point last week. She heard quite the ruckus and saw three vehicles parked in the Trail Tire parking lot on Sunday night.
Yelling across Fort Road at the trio trying to score a personal best didn’t help.
“They yelled back at us: ‘Call your city official!’ They want us to call and complain,” she told Global News.
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That might be enough for Mayor Don Iveson.
“I know some folks have asked the question: ‘Are we actually encouraging people to make more noise by these?’ If that’s the case, ultimately that would be a reason to discontinue the pilot, in my view.”
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— With files from Scott Johnston
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