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City of Red Deer offers free decibel reading event

September 28, 2022 2:13 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

A free decibel-reading event will be held on September 29, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help motorists identify if their vehicle exceeds the decibel level limits set in the Community Standards Bylaw. City of Red Deer Peace Officers and members from Red Deer RCMP’s Traffic Unit will be set up in the parking lot across from the downtown RCMP detachment (4603-51 Ave) to test sound emission levels from all types of vehicles and provide participants with a better understanding of their vehicle noise level.

“Since patrols began later this summer, we’ve had community members reach out, concerned their vehicle or their child’s vehicle may exceed the limit,” said Peter Puszka, Municipal Policing Superintendent at The City of Red Deer. “This is a good opportunity to test your vehicle without concern of ticketing, and learn more about the bylaw.”

The event is free and motorists are encouraged to bring their car, truck or motorcycle out and rev their engines to see if they fall within the acceptable range for noise. No tickets will be issued, as this event is part of the larger awareness campaign aimed to educate drivers on noise impact and respecting the line where noise becomes nuisance. There will be an amnesty period given to those whose vehicles seen as being in violation of existing noise regulations. 

Approved in May 2022, the amended Community Standards Bylaw addresses excessive vehicle noise by setting acceptable decibel (dBA) levels for vehicles; a vehicle at idle must not exceed 92 dBA, while any speed greater than idling must not exceed 96 dBA.

For more information about this event and the traffic noise awareness campaign, visit

For more information, please contact:

Peter Puszka
Municipal Policing Supervisor
The City of Red Deer

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