St. Louis-area town sets decibel limit

2 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, January 13 2016 Jan 13, 2016 Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:55:00 AM CST January 13, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

TOWN AND COUNTRY (AP) — A St. Louis County town is taking the guesswork out of noise complaints, establishing decibel limit guidelines.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that an ordinance approved Monday in Town and Country prohibits continuous noise in excess of 55 decibels from 10 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., and in excess of 65 decibels other hours of the day.

Police Chief Patrick Kranz says the ordinance is better than requiring an officer to determine on a case-by-case basis what constitutes being too loud.

The law sets a limit of 80 decibels for short-duration sounds.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says a quiet office typically operates at 50 to 60 decibels, while average city traffic is 80 decibels.

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