New Jersey lawmakers advance bill to crack down on so-called loud ‘boom parties’
A new bill moving forward in Trenton is looking to put an end to so-called “boom parties” that are causing a nuisance for residents of the state.
These parties typically feature cars with special speakers that line up on streets in places like Perth Amboy and Camden and blast a wall of sound and music. Lawmakers want these partiers to turn down the music.
“They could be two blocks away and the music – it’s literally so loud that it shakes your windows,” says state Assembly Member William Spearman.
A new bill that moved forward in Trenton on Monday could mean fines for cars with a sound system where noise is "plainly audible" more than 50 feet away.
“It's very annoying at 4 a.m. to have somebody riding through your neighborhood,” says Spearman.
Back in September, residents of a Staten Island adult community could hear the boom parties across the Arthur Kill, allegedly in Perth Amboy.
Spearman says the same situation is happening in Camden and other towns he represents in South Jersey.
The bill still needs to pass the state Assembly and state Senate before heading to Gov. Phil Murphy's desk.
A measure that would have allowed cops to seize and potentially destroy boom cars was dropped from the bill.