Elkhart Co. increasing noise ordinance penalties

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- Elkhart County is increasing the consequence for making too much noise.

The board of commissioners changed the ordinance for repeat offenders.

Currently, county residents face a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $2,500 for noise ordinance violations.

The maximum penalty will still be $2,500 yet the way the fines are distributed will change.

In the past a judge would decide how much to fine a person.

Now with this ordinance an officer can hand out a ticket that is steeper with every penalty. However Sheriff Brad Rogers say the department will still maintain its priorities.

He says, “In county law enforcement it comes down to resources, can we dedicate staff to just noise ordinances? We really can't. We have so many other things to do and people expect service in other ways.”

The offenses stay on the record for two years.

Another change starting in September -- fines collected from the noise ordinance will go into a fund to pay for equipment and training at the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department.

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