TRENTON, N.J. – 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 on Thursday.
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.
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.