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The Boom Cars: Why Do You Inflict Noise Pollution Upon Us Damaging Our Health?

Updated on November 15, 2015

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Health issues that arise from exposure to Boom Car Noise Pollution

1. Damages are caused at the cellular level.
2. Human organs can be damaged.
3. Hearing loss can be encountered.
4. Stimulates hypertension.
5. Can lead to aggressive responses and behavior.
6. Causes stress and sleep deprivation.
7. Brings on depression.

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Health Concerns And Rights Violated By Boom Cars

Here I sit, reflecting on a topic to write about and presto, the topic comes to mind! Not by my choice or thinking, but by someone outside in the parking lot sitting with their Boom Car rocking and thumping. You know the type of car, the one that pulls up next to you at a traffic light and your whole car starts vibrating and thumping along with the other car. You can no longer carry on a conversation or hear your own music. Or that car that sits outside your home deeming that you have to listen to and feel its music because you have no other choice.

At first I used to think it was just me being narrow-minded, not fully understanding why I found it so upsetting to be disturbed by such loud, bass beats shaking my whole residence rattling things on my walls and shelves. I placed it on me being "older" and such. I did know that I could not even hear my TV, concentrate to write, read or even think while being subjected to such.

I started doing some research on this some time back and came to realize there are some valid reasons and alarming reasons that this noise pollution is so stressful for me as well as others.

There are actual health concerns that have been associated with such boom car noise. (shown on the right)

Any person has the basic right to not have to listen to such noise pollution, especially in their home environment. When you are subjected to this type of noise pollution, your rights are being violated.

The thing about this type of noise, is that even at a lower overall volume, the deep bass beat continues to be amplified, vibrating the very essence of your being, along with your home, pets and such.

Another thing that comes to mind is that our military and other agencies around the world have used such aggressive noise to actually fight crime, such as with General Manuel Noriega, and the Branch Davidian incident to just name a couple. These agencies understand how it is a weapon that can be used against others.

I label it as a form of terrorism as well. This is a device that can be used to influence and disrupt the lives of a vast number of people as some of these Boom Cars can be heard up to a 1/4 of a mile away.

According to the latest census figures, the number one reason people move is due to excessive noise.

When you think even further, is there anything positive that comes out of such repetitious thumping noises? Nothing!

In the city I reside, it is against the law to have such Boom Cars doing as I have described, yet by the time you report it and the arrival of the police, well the car is gone. Rarely do the police ever manage to stop the noise pollution. But, from my experience when I am out and about, the police do not even think about enforcing it. I have felt a boom car next to me, with a police car within a few feet, and the officer just drives on.

A new concept that has come into to mind that was recently pointed out to me, when all else fails, you can sue the individual. Sure, that is what you want. You want that person to know it is YOU reporting the offense, so they can retaliate on you and your family.

What is left for one to do? Well there are various local and national organizations trying to get some grass root movements going in an attempt to stem this. Their suggestions are contacting local, state and federal authorities, complaining to businesses when you are disturbed by such noise pollution during your visit to them, and contacting the manufacturers of such noise pollution devices.

For more on this topic along with the "proper" medical explanations and references, I am including a link to Boom Car Noise,(PDF Page) written and shared by a nurse, Patrice Thomas.

My thoughts about these boom cars are that they are good for ONE thing... salvage! Recycle them for the auto parts, excluding the stereo!

Boom Cars and Noise Pollution

Boom Car Offenses

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There seemingly is no actual enforcement of the laws that cover such things as noise pollution by Boom Cars in Houston.


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  • Dale Hyde profile image

    Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello talfonso! Thanks for stopping by, reading and sharing this additional information that I had not thought about. I can certainly relate to how this could be a major issue for such children!

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    talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

    Thanks for bringing this up! Let's not forget the growing number of fellow autistics, especially the young ones. Their ears are mostly sensitive to sound (make that hypersensitive to some more). Just imagine a child who has an ASD waiting for the school bus having a meltdown (with all the screaming and flailing) because a car playing very loud music (can be rap, rock, or whatever) with the bass turned up! His neighbors would mainly blame the parent for her bad parenting, though the music is actually to blame! OUCH!

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    Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Thanks for stopping by, reading and sharing in comment. In our community, there is city ordinances that suject such offenders to a fine, however, I have yet to know of one instance where anyone has been issued a fine for this noise pollution. It is similar to those who disrupt your day with their music from an ajoining apartment or condo. There are laws, but fines never issued.

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    Silence is Bliss 5 years ago

    Thankfully I live in an affluent, well educated and respectable community where the residents are respectful to one another. No loud, egregious bass in my neighborhood! However, I drive about ten miles whereupon I enter the city areas of a different part of the community. That is where those low class, much lower standard of living, poorly educated individuals dwell, piloting their junky cars, trucks and SUV's with the bass loud enough to crack the moon.

    Loud bass is an environmental hazard. It has been a serious problem stemming back to the mid 1980s when those stupid, little, lowered mini pick up trucks with their beds littered with huge speaker cones began terrorizing communities. This bass infestation has escalated into a very, very serious matter that law makers are too slow to respond to. It's got to stop!

    Nine times out of ten anyone who is blasting bass at unspeakably loud levels more often than not has felonies on their records, has guns in their vehicles, peddles drugs, are in gangs, and any contact with these thugs could result in your life being in great danger.

    I made the mistake of asking a young, hispanic male to please lower his stereo while in rush hour traffic one time. He turned down his bass long enough just so he could dispense an ample supply of profanity at me. He shouted f-you numerous times and how he was going to "get me." Then his lous bass resumed after he finished swearing at me. There were plenty of motorists witnessing this psychotic man's tirade. I did call 911 to report the guy, but I was unable to get a license plate number since the guy's car didn't have a plate in front, and I was never able to see the rear of the car. I doubt the CHP or sheriff's department ever located the vehicle.

    I'm so fortunate that I don't live near such sleaze.

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello nifwtiseirff. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. I like bass as well, but not to the extent to where I will bother or inflict it upon others. I used to love living in the mountains with no near neighbors. Then I would enjoy the music rather loudly myself. :)

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    Kymberly Fergusson 6 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

    I love bass and mildly thumpy music, but don't want to inflict it on others.

    I think that loud music in cars is not just mean to fellow road users, but also terribly unsafe! Drivers of such cars are not paying as much attention to road conditions, they can't hear emergency signals, and their response times are slower (due to being distracted).

    Not to mention the health impact - loud noise does irreversibly damage hearing.

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello Flora! I am sure it was a rant if it effects you as it does myself and many others! Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. :)

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    FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

    I wrote a rant about this myself. And yes, I mean a rant.

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello ripplemaker! Thanks for dropping by! I am not too much inclined to classical music, unless it is classic rock or country. :) But no THUMPING, lol. Appreciate you reading and commenting.

    Thanks for the congratulations in regards to the Hubnuggets nomination! Also, I thank you for the link. Headed that way after some more coffee.

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    Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    Now I am glad that my ears are more inclined to the classical music heheheh it is healthier too! Thanks for writing about boom cars!

    Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Zoom your way to the hub where you can vote:

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Thanks so much, DougBerry! I did not even know I had been nominated and had to go look and find it! That caught me by surprise!

    No problem here with the bikers or bikes, so far, anyway! But, should we move, I will keep your advice in mind!

    Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting!

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    DougBerry 6 years ago from Abilene, TX

    Congratulations on the HubNugget nomination, good luck!

    But all of them are playing my favorite song. I love muffle muffle thuzza thuzza bom boom!

    Actually in my neighborhood, it's the motorcycles that don't have mufflers that drive me nuts. Before you move, determine whether a popular biker bar is located 3 or 4 blocks away!

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    Hello chelseacharleston! Thank you for visiting and sharing. As a teen, I used to play loud music. But there was no deep bass thumping back in those days. Just loud music. Even then, I am sure it was annoying to others. However, this deep thumping that seems to invade everything for a large surrounding area, appears to be more harmful from my research. As for the weapons usage, that is something I will be researching even deeper, as I am curious, as always.

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    chelseacharleston 6 years ago

    Interesting perspective. When I was a teenager, all my friends had those 'boom cars', but it always felt rude to me. It was fun when no one was around, but definitely an intrusion at a stoplight. I always turn my radio down when I come to a stop. The whole weapon thing makes it a much more compelling subject, though!

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    Dale Hyde 6 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

    I certainly agree with you on that McQueen! Either guy or girl is unattractive to me at that point. Thanks reading and commenting! Great to see you!

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    McQueen3486 6 years ago from Washington/District of Columbia

    There is nothing more unattractive than a guy that pulls up in a car, blaring bass at any decibel. It's not cute.