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Mark Roberts

White Lake, MI

#1 Oct 6, 2010
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Albany: Roseville, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, has won this month's Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America for tolerating an avalanche of boom cars that make the city sound like a thunderstorm. In Roseville, there are hundreds of cars with super-powered subwoofer speaker systems pounding the streets, booming and thumping, day after day, disturbing everyone. And the city does nothing.
Mark Roberts, founder of the grassroots organization Ban the Boombox, states that "I've lived in Roseville Michigan for seven years. When we first moved here, it was a nice quiet neighborhood, even though we live three houses and across a semi main street from a high school. For the last four years, I have been fighting the inconsiderate idiots who blare their car audio boom cars. I have also been fighting the city over its lack of action."
According to Roberts, "The problem started about five years ago and has gotten exponentially worse each and every year. With the onset of spring and warmer days, it seems as though the instances per day doubles with each passing year. Five years ago, there was about 10 to 15 of these inconsiderate idiots a day. Four years ago, there were perhaps 20 to 25 a day. That's when I had enough and started contacting my city leaders. Currently, around 30 to 40 loud car stereos boom and thump through my neighborhood every day and every night. Itís even more on warm nights. The record: 72 boom cars in one day."
"Think about it," Roberts states. "Anywhere from 30 to 60 boom cars, each and every day, each and every night, for years, without ever getting a day or night off. Astounding. These boom car boys refuse to understand that the low frequency sonic booms that are emitted from their speaker systems not only travel through the air; they also travel through the ground and into our foundations of homes."
Gary Michaels, a former resident of Roseville, had the same experience. He notes that Roseville has "hundreds and hundreds of boom cars prowling the streets of Roseville, every day and every night. These boom cars create noise far beyond legal, acceptable levels. These boom car boys seem to believe that they have the right to inflict their 'music' on us, as loud as they want, any time they want." Michaels notes that he contacted Roseville's code enforcement numerous times--to no avail.
Mark Roberts states that he and his family " have been awakened by boom car noise hundreds of times. We cannot sit and have a quiet family dinner and my wife and I cannot enjoy a "date night" movie and relax without five or ten of these inconsiderate idiots booming around my neighborhood. I've had the chief of police, the city manager, and our mayor at my kitchen table to witness for themselves the sheer ignorance and disrespect that these boom car idiots bring. The police and city leaders have admitted that it is indeed, hard to catch a driver booming and thumping because if the perpetrator sees a squad car, all they have to do is turn their stereo down or hit the bass "kill switch." It's also difficult because they are mobile. They disturb you for five to ten seconds and then 'disappear.'"
And the reaction of Roseville city officials? They told Roberts to "write down the make, model, and license plate numbers of the cars I see and hear thumping and booming in my neighborhood. But the argument that no one can answer is this: When I'm sleeping at 3:00 am and one of these idiots wakes us up and they're three blocks away, how can I identify them and call the police?
Roberts observes that "there needs to be a complete ban on these systems. At the very least, there should be heavy fines to reduce the number of boom car idiots on our streets."
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Smallie Biggs

Roseville, MI

#2 Oct 7, 2010
LOL Mark
ive been here longer than u
boomboxes have been here longer than u
crakheads been here longer than u
ive been skeetin on your wifes face longer than u
new roseville resident

Taylor, MI

#3 May 24, 2011
And you Smallie Biggs are an idiot. Makes me regret having moved here last fall if the city has fools such as you.
Roseville Ray

United States

#4 May 25, 2011
Mark, here is my take on a solution which would require help from the state of Michigan, probably Sec of State, the public and of course the Roseville police:
- You call police with a plate number; they cite the noise offender. If someone else complains about the same vehicle, the violator is ordered to pay a fine--the first layer of financial distress for an idiot with these boom boxes. However, now in addition to the fine, the violator has to have, for example, a red sticker applied to the lower part of the plate like your annual tabs.(this is where the state would have to make it law.)
Now, if anyone hears these idiots playing their boxes AND they have one of those red tags, police can proceed with the next steps to prosecute these people and have their boom boxes seized.
Like the idea?

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