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Bill helping police take the ‘boom’ out of cars and parties passes Assembly

NEW JERSEY – Assemblyman Rob Clifton’s bill helping police put the brakes on so-called ‘boom’ cars and parties, which have been disrupting the quality of life from the Delaware to the Hudson River, passed the Assembly last week.

Owners of boom cars will be subject to fines if they violate New Jersey’s Noise Control Act, under the bill (A4686).

“Tricking out your car with elaborate sound systems designed for concert arenas, and then booming the bass to literally shake people out of bed, is an affront to property taxpayers. This in an audible assault on all New Jersey homeowners and renters, but particularly those who live on the waterfront,” Clifton (R-Monmouth) said. “This legislation gives police a tool to cite offenders and shut down boom parties.”

For the last several years, New Jersey residents in towns along the Delaware River have complained that boom parties in Philadelphia are keeping them awake at night as the music carries across the water and vibrates through their homes. Staten Island residents are also saying that New Jersey is host to boom parties that interfere with their sleep, Clifton said.

The bill subjects violators to a $250 fine for a first offense, $500 fine for the second, and a $750 fine plus two motor vehicle penalty points for the third. If signed, the law would take effect immediately.

Legislation sponsored by Senators Nilsa Cruz-Perez, James Beach, and Troy Singleton to establish penalties for nuisance motor vehicles, commonly referred to as boom cars, cleared the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee in February.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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