by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies
Residents of Collier County in Florida, like many New Yorkers and residents across the country, have had their lives made miserable by the loud noises emanating from vehicles with illegally modified exhaust systems. In New York, Governor Hochul recently signed legislation to deal with this problem through increased penalties. Lydia Nusbaum, NBC2, writes that In Collier County, Florida, the Sheriff’s office acknowledged that it is “illegal to drive with modified and loud exhaust systems in Florida.” Thus, seeing an increase in the number of these illegal vehicles along the streets in his county, he has set up “an operation” along a major Boulevard to target them and issue violations.
Nusbaum notes that the action taken by the sheriff to “crack down on drivers with loud or modified exhausts” is undoubtedly welcomed by Mary Tatigan and her associates in “Quiet Florida,” a group that has been set up to combat noise pollution in their Floridian community. Nusbaum cites Tatigan for noting, as more and more people have, that “noise is health issue and is interfering with our quality of life.”