CVC 27007 states in part, “No driver of a vehicle shall operate any sound amplification system which can be heard outside the vehicle from 50 or more feet when the vehicle is being operated upon a highway”.
Translation: Turn down your fucking stereo.
Herein lies my hypocrisy. I love me some loud music. Always have. I remember being a kid and studying in my room. Minding my own business, really (bait the hook). All of a sudden, Mom would come busting in my room (set the hook) and tell me to TURN DOWN THAT MUSIC!! (And play out the reel, baby….whiizzzzzzzzz). I calmly told her at one point something to the effect of “Mom, when I start getting something less than A’s and B’s, I’ll turn down the music.”
The preceding really doesn’t have much to do with the post. I just like poking that particular bear in that particular zoo. xoxo
At any rate, since my childhood, I have enjoyed music at a decibel level that is more than likely not the healthiest for hearing later in my years. However, there have been times I have been trapped in a setting where loud activities were afoot and dammit, if I’m gonna go deaf, I’ll do it to my music, thank you very much. That being said, I haven’t changed all that much. I still enjoy my Rock and I enjoy it loud. Be it in the car or the iPod.
I understand the section listed above. More often than not, I ignore the loud music coming from passing vehicles. However. If I can hear you over the rumbling of my Harley, dispatch yammering in my left ear and Kirk Hammett wailing away in my right, you’re getting a ticket. You heard that right. Have iPod, will travel. There’s something intrinsically poetic about stopping a car while the Stray Cats sing “I fought the law”.
And here’s another point. If your goddamn bass is shaking my internal organs, you’re lucky I don’t get off my bike, rip your 1000 watt woofer out of your trunk and beat you to death with it.
So, yes. I am a hypocrite. But it’s okay, because I embrace my hypocrisy. You better believe I’m not stopping anybody blasting “Wanted Dead or Alive”! Play on, Sambora, play on!