East Lansing Police are on the streets to enforce a new, strict noise violation ordinance, which means high fines and possibly jail time for some partiers. The new ordinance can be enforced as a misdemeanor, carrying penalties of a $1,000 fine and three nights in jail. The strict penalty is in an attempt to quiet down the city and improve the quality of life for residents.
East Lansing Police say one of the most common complaints they get is from residents calling in to report noisy college parties. They say this new ordinance is a tool to help the department. But students say it is an attempt to make them stop having fun.
There are several criteria that must be met before party-host will be charged with a misdemeanor. First, the party must be in a residential area. And secondly, meet two of the following conditions: a common source of alcohol, live music, DJ, or speakers, an entrance fee, and more than one person per 20 sq. ft. of floor space.
The new ordinance was passed this week. Previously, the civil infraction of a noise violation carried a $175 fine.