The established dB(A) (decibel levels
where the human ear is most sensitive) for residential
interiors is 40-50 during daytime hours, 30-50
evenings. Any sound above 75 will cause a person to
To avoid disturbances for residents from airplane
noise, San Diego International Airport is working on
restricting residential homes in areas where the sound
is over 60 dB(A).
Yet, the Federal Railroad Administration has mandated
train horn sounds to be a minimum of 96 dB(A) and no
louder than 110 dB(A) measuring 100 feet in front of
the locomotive and 15 feet above the rail.
Does it make sense that the train horn is louder than
a rock concert of 100? And just what exactly does the
dB(A) measure one foot in front and above the
locomotive? Could it be over 120, a deafening level?
Is it any wonder we are angry?
Nevertheless, is throwing eggs, pointing lasers, or
raising the middle finger only escalating the noise?
If every action has a reaction, doesn’t anger fuel
more anger, thus begetting even more noise? In arguing
by noise, who wins? Whose reason is weak?
I weigh…Isn’t making noise
Several Downtowners have steeled themselves to
establish a productive approach to the ongoing
argument about noise violation.
Larry & Sandy Bornstein
(Renaissance) have grown increasingly frustrated over
the inconsistency of the horn noise from engineers.
They decided to document engineers producing excessive
noise and report the offenders.
As a nurse, Wendy Rossi
(Treo) already has an erratic sleep schedule. When her
complaints seemed to be disregarded, she set up a
camera to capture the video and audio of extreme
Having just moved from the East Coast,
(Pinnacle) has frequent out of town visitors. She is
embarrassed when her guests are awakened by the noise,
and keeps a pen and paper beside her bed to document
the unwarranted noise.
In establishing our argument to silence the night,
let’s make the case through strength of evidence.