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Bill Would Use Microphones To Catch Drivers Making Too Much Noise In NYC

An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives in Pittsburgh in 2016. On Friday, Uber and Google's Waymo self-driving unit announced a settlement in their trade secrets case.

The New York City council is considering legislation that would use sound recording devices to catch drivers making too much noise.

Councilman Ben Kallos says there’s been tens of thousands of noise complaints phoned in to 311 since the start of the year.

“There’s people driving by blasting music that shakes your windows or roving motorcycle gangs in the streets, on the sidewalks with straight tail exhaust that sounds like a machine gun. People are tired of it”

Kallos says it’s hard for officers to catch drivers with illegal modified exhaust pipes or loud music. His bill would create a network of cameras and microphones to record the license plates and noise level and then mail violators a fine. If the bill passes, the council would have to set a decibel limit.