A Central Saanich, B.C. man has been barred from driving his car on his town’s streets or playing its stereo because it’s just too loud, reports the Vancouver Sun.
Dustin Hamilton is permitted only to drive his Chrysler PT Cruiser to get his girlfriend to and from work, and even then he’s not allowed to use his car’s stereo.
That’s because Hamilton’s neighbours have filed 17 noise complaints with the Central Saanich police since May.
“People are saying their pictures are rattling on the wall and coffee cups are falling off the table. They feel the vibrations through the floor of the house,” Corporal Dan Cottingham told the Sun.
“The noise is scaring the livestock. Little kids wake up crying in the middle of the night because the stereo scares them. It’s certainly had an impact on the West Saanich corridor.”
Hamilton, a 24-year-old car-audio installer by trade, has replaced the PT Cruiser’s entire rear seat with a stereo, Cottingham explains. At an August 21 court appearance regarding the police undertaking banning him from using the car’s stereo, Hamilton said “It’s what I do for a living. It’s what I do for love.” Not being able to play the car’s stereo is, he says, “depressing.”
The car’s speakers are now capable of blasting music at 155 dB, which is about equivalent to standing next to a Boeing 747 at takeoff, and is loud enough to burst an eardrum.
Despite being handed warnings from police in May and June before getting issued the bylaw ticket and being placed on a police undertaking, Hamilton’s defence in court was “I didn’t know it was doing this. …Nobody told me it was doing this.”
Hamilton reports he’s had other cars follow the PT Cruiser and box it in in parking lots as a form of intimidation, which is in part why police stepped in before things continued escalating.
Hamilton has since had a criminal charge of mischief leveled at him, for which he’ll appear in court late October. His girlfriend’s quit her job in their town of Brentwood Bay and found work elsewhere so she and Hamilton can make her commute together, stereo blasting.
The prosecutor at Hamilton’s court appearance say some officers said they worry about the effect the PT Cruiser’s bass may have on Hamilton’s health, but he doesn’t seem to be thinking about changing his habits any time soon.
“It’s not just bass. It’s crystal-clear vocals,” Hamilton, who enters his car in car audio competitions, explains. “I’m an audiophile. It’s what I’ve done for years.”
“It sounds like a symphony in there,” his girlfriend contends. “It’s the No. 1 sound car in Victoria.”
(via the Vancouver Sun)