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The council finds that on numerous and repeated occasions, alarms which have been installed in motor vehicles have been activated inadvertently by accident or carelessness and not as the result of any criminal action or conduct; and the noise which results from the activation of such alarms has arisen at all hours of the day and night and is detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare; and the council has a responsibility to ensure and preserve the peace and tranquility of the city by regulating motor vehicle alarms and that the regulation of the intrusive and disturbing noise which results from the inadvertent activation of motor vehicle alarms is reasonably related to the proper exercise of police power to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to cause, allow, or permit any alarm located in a motor vehicle registered in the name of or driven by such person to emit any audible sound within the city for a period of more than ten (10) minutes. The time shall be calculated based upon the emission of the first audible sound, and end ten (10) minutes thereafter, notwithstanding any variation or delay in the emissions of audible sound.
B. Any violation of this section is hereby declared a public nuisance and in addition to other remedies if the alarm continues to be activated for a period in excess of forty five (45) minutes, any police officer may have the vehicle removed from any zone in the city to abate such nuisance. (Ord. 11-O-2613, eff. 10-31-2011)