[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peace and good order — See Ch. 382.
[Adopted 10-12-1993 by Ord. No. 519, approved 10-12-1993]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- LOUD or PLAINLY AUDIBLE
- Any sound produced by a sound amplification system from within the vehicle which can be heard at a distance of 25 feet or more from the location of the vehicle. Measurement standards shall be by the auditory senses, based upon direct line of sight. Words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included. The motor vehicle may be stopped, standing, parked or moving on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- The term also includes motorcycles and all vehicles which must be licensed or registered under the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.
- SOUND AMPLIFICATION SYSTEM
- Any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loud speaker or other electronic device used for the amplification of sound.
No person operating, occupying or otherwise in physical possession or control of a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is so loud or otherwise plainly audible at a distance of 25 or more feet from the location of the vehicle.
It is an affirmative defense to a charge that the operation of the sound amplification system was being used for any of the following which may apply:
The system was being operated to request medical or vehicular assistance or to warn of a hazardous road condition;
The vehicle was an emergency or public safety vehicle;
The vehicle was owned and operated by the Borough of Bridgeport or a gas, electric, communications or refuse company, and the sound amplification system was being used in connection with official business;
The system was used for the purpose of giving instructions, directions, talks, addresses, lectures or transmitting music to any persons or assemblages of persons in compliance with ordinances of the Borough of Bridgeport; or
The vehicle was used in authorized public activities, such as parades, fireworks, sports events, musical productions and other activities which have the prior approval of the Borough.
Any person, individual, partnership, corporation or association who violates any of the provisions of this article, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300 or by imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or by both fine and imprisonment. Each day any violation hereof is found to exist or continues to exist shall be a separate offense and punishable as such hereunder.