On noise nui­sance mag­is­trates want read­ings from deci­bel me­ters

Stabroek News - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor, In re­la­tion to the let­ter in Stabroek News on Au­gust 19 about the noise lev­els at night around All Saints Church, New Am­s­ter­dam, I have re­ceived the com­plaint. I have sent same to the Com­mis­sioner for him to ask Com­man­der Paul Wil­liams to deal with it at the law en­force­ment level. I have also asked mem­bers of the Noise Nui­sance Task Force to see what can be done. Th­ese char­ac­ters who cre­ate this nui­sance are in­deed vi­o­lat­ing the law both crim­i­nal and civil. But I am hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties at the trial. Firstly, the wit­nesses hardly show up; and, even on those oc­ca­sions when they do, the Mag­is­trates ask the very fool­ish ques­tion as to how loud the noise was, and when they an­swer “very loud”, I am told this an­swer is not good enough. The Mag­is­trates want read­ings from deci­bel me­ters.

I will con­tinue this fight against noise nui­sance, but will have to get po­lice­men walk­ing around with deci­bel me­ters. If only cit­i­zens can be more re­spon­si­ble. Yours faith­fully, Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan Vice-Pres­i­dent and Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity

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