By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Beginning April 1, the Aberdeen Police Department will be cracking down hard on loud music through its “Turn It Down or Pay Up” campaign.
“We’ve received numerous complaints from citizens participating in recent question and answer forums and high among their complaints has been the loud music from people cruising or parking in residential and commercial locations,” said Chief Henry Randle.
The citations will carry a $250 fine the first offense and $250 and one day in jail for each additional occurrence. The noise ordinance approved in 2002 by the board of aldermen states that creation of any unreasonable loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises in the city are prohibited.
Marked and unmarked patrol cars will be enforcing citations regarding this problem. APD officers will use concentrated uniform enforcement in addressing the use of loud music from vehicles in particular, but also on properties as well.
“We’ll begin next week and continue enforcing it until we have restored the peace and quiet in Aberdeen as requested by our citizens. We appreciate the citizens who have taken time to come out and talk with our police officials and want them to know we hear them,” said Dwayne Carlock, supervisor of operations for the APD.