CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Charlottesville City Council is considering drastically increasing penalties for violating the local noise ordinance.
The Daily Progress reports ( http://bit.ly/S9dp6u) that the proposed changes are intended to crack down on loud partying in neighborhoods heavily populated by University of Virginia students.
Under the measure to be considered Monday night, the maximum fine would quadruple to $1,000 for first-time offenders, who could also face up to six months in jail. Repeat offenders would face a fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail.
City officials and neighborhood leaders say the current $250 fine does little to curb the noise because some fraternities simply choose to absorb the cost and keep partying.
Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com
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