World Health Organization: Burden of Disease From Environmental Noise - Quantification of Healthy Life Years Lost in Europe
One of our active contributors provided us this document. An excellent read on the true effects of noise at scale across Europe. Many thanks to our contributor for calling it to our attention. Access on new browser page at link immediately following.
BURDEN OF DISEASE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE
There is someone who rides a souped up motorcycle up and down Kuhio Ave all hours of the day and night. What can residents do about this excess noise? It's added to fire trucks, ambulances, police cars all use sirens. It sounds like a war zone in my bedroom.
Mahalo for your response.
Quieter O'ahu Response:
The obvious problem with motorcycles is that if you call HPD and they respond, the motorcycle is already gone. If from your home you could copy the license plate - without confronting or creating a contentious exchange with the rider - then call HPD to report the noise and tell the 911 operator that you would like to meet with the responding officer. If this is the same person you can provide the license number to the responding officer and ask that they investigate this motorcycle which, from your description, may be equipped with illegally loud aftermarket exhaust systems. You may also ask that you remain anonymous. If the first officer doesn't respond, call again the next time and make another report. If the second doesn't respond, do it again a third time and so on. Eventually you'll have amassed sufficient reports and non-responses to bring the matter to HPD at your Waikiki Neighborhood Board. Simply contact your board and tell them you would like 5 minutes of time during their neighborhood issues time to address HPD's lack of response to loud motorcycle noise in your neighborhood. Then stand up when your scheduled time comes and let HPD and the rest of the folks at the meeting know that HPD isn't concerned about noise. HPD attends all neighborhood board meetings, and holding them to account in this forum will make a difference. On the other hand, MAYBE one of the responding officers to your complaint MAY actually do something. In that case - problem solved.
You can find your neighborhood board schedule and their emails at the following link. http://www.honolulu.gov/cms-nco-menu/site-nco-featured/191-site-nco-cat/682-test.html
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The author is just another Hawai'i resident who is tired of seeing the proliferation of noise on our beautiful O'ahu going unchecked.