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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 19, 2001 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---Car horns and music loud enough to register on the Richter scale will be prohibited if a bill before the House of Representatives is passed into law.

Loud music on public transportation has attracted a lot of complaints over the years and now one lawmaker is taking a stand against this ear-splitting nuisance.

Rep. Limu F.C. Limutau said there have been too many public complaints about the noise, which is especially hurtful to the elders who travel via aiga buses.

"It’s just too noisy!" Rep. Limutau explained when asked for the reasons behind the proposal.

Rep. Faleatafa Tulafono Solaita, Jr. echoed his colleague's stand.

"It also deprives people riding the bus privacy," he added. "Not to mention that such loud music is also disturbing in residential areas."

Many villages have policies now in place that prohibit loud music from passing vehicles during certain times of the day.

Current laws indicate that vehicles operating on the highway must be equipped with a horn in working condition and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions for a distance of not less than 200 feet.

The new measure adds to the current law "sound transmitting instruments."

According to the proposal, "the use of horns in vehicles not projecting the same sound as from horns installed by the manufacturer is prohibited." This can be determined by an authorized inspector of the Office of Motor Vehicles.

The bill says: "playing on commercial carriers of instruments such as radios, tape recordings, digital encoding or any such machine transmitting sound is prohibited.

"Passengers, not the driver or operator of the carrier, may listen to transmission from these instruments by the use of earphones, provided the transmission is not audible to others," the bill says.

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