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State Legislature Passes ‘SLEEP Act’ to Curb Souped-Up Vehicles

State lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to take souped-up vehicles off the streets  (Unsplash)

June 22, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

State lawmakers have taken a big step to rid the streets of souped-up vehicles that have been keeping residents awake at night.

A bill, called the Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution (SLEEP) Act, passed both the Assembly and senate on June 10 and awaits the signature of the governor to become law.

The legislation would ban the installation and sale of devices that aim to make cars and motorbikes louder. Violators would be subject to a $1,000 fine.

In addition, drivers and motorcyclists found to be have a noise enhancing device would be subject to a $500 fine.

Vehicles that have noise enhancing devices would also not be allowed to pass state inspection.

Repair shops will also be penalized under the bill. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles will be required to deny or revoke shop licenses to business caught selling the noise-enhancing devices more than three times over an 18 month period.

“People are tired of the noise of soup-up cars,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “They are tired of the endless battle for sleep.”

The passage of the bill comes as Queens residents have complained about noise stemming from drag racing that has been taking place late at night.

The bill was co-sponsored in the state senate by Joseph Addabbo and John Liu, both from Queens.

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Concerned Citizen

Music to my ears. No one needs a car like that. They don’t even go fast for all the noise they make.

Gardens Watcher

Not just a problem in Queens, but thanks to the Queens lawmakers for this bill. Cuomo can’t sign this bill quick enough!


There are a lot of police. In fact, the mass hiring a few years ago was supposed to be to cut overtime. Instead they got both.

Johnny Cakes

This is long overdue. Someone important must’ve been woken up! No more lawnmower sounds!


and you seriously think cops will care? they are not doing their jobs anyway. this will be a no brainer. nothing will change. the law means nothing without someone to enforce it. nothing solves car noise problems like sugar in the gas tank. they gotta park eventually.

Johnny Cakes

When cops are given a directive, they act. They were told to stand down during the riots, to ignore quality of life crimes, to see the criminals they’ve arrested out that same day with no bail. You can’t have it both ways!!

A wise man once said a liberal is someone that hasn’t been a victim of a crime yet


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