“Disturbing the Peace”
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any television set, radio, record player, jukebox, or other musical instrument outside the building where the device is being operated, as well as to make any loud or unnecessary noise in any manner, including loud an unnecessary noise in the operation of motor vehicles.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of any neighborhood by creating any disturbing or unreasonably loud noise.
(b) It is the intent of this section to prohibit all noises that are disturbing or unreasonably loud. The types of noises set out in subsection (c) of this section shall not be construed as in any way exclusive, but merely illustrative.
(c) The following types of noises are declared to be disturbing the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighborhood in which they are heard pursuant to this section:
* Operating any vehicle at such a speed on a curve or turn, or accelerating or decelerating such vehicle in such a manner as a create loud and unnecessary noise through the squealing of tires upon the pavement, or to cause damage to the roadway;
— The sounding of any horn, signal or noise device on any motor vehicle, motorcycle, bus, truck or other vehicle, in any other manner or for any other purpose than allowed by the Code of West Virginia;
— The noise from an exhaust system of any vehicle that is not equipped or constructed so as to prevent any disturbing or unreasonably loud noise;
— The revving of the engine of any motor vehicle while such vehicle is not in motion, except when done in the course of repairing, adjusting, or testing it during reasonable hours;
— Keeping, harboring or having custody within the State of West Virginia any dog which barks, howls, or makes noise by day or night which disturbs the peace and quiet of any person or family within the neighborhood;
— For any person who sells food and drink, at or adjacent to any conveyance, to ring bells, play chimes or an amplified musical system or to make other noise in any residential area of the State of West Virginia for advertising purposes between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., and no such noise shall be made when the vehicle is parked.
For the purposes of this section, an “amplified musical system” is defined as a mechanical or electrical instrument, or music producing device, equipped with an electrical amplified or loudspeaker.
No bells, chimes, or amplified musical system, as defined in paragraph (A), shall make noise or music that disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or which causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person of normal sensitiveness residing or working in the area.
(7) Disturbing or unreasonably loud shouting or crying of peddlers, hawkers, vendors or newspaper carriers;
(8) Disturbing or unreasonably loud shouting, screaming, wailing or other vocalization that is disturbing or unreasonably loud to a reasonable person outside the facility or unit from which the noise emanates;
(9) With malicious and willful intent, disturbing the dignity or reverential nature of any funeral, memorial services, funeral procession, burial ceremony or view of a deceased person.
Any person who violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, confined in jail not more than six months, or both fined and confined.
(a) Prohibition of parties that disturb the peace. — No person may knowingly congregate because of, or participate in, any party or gathering of two or more people from which noise emanates of sufficient volume or of such nature to reasonably disturb the peace, quiet, or repose of other persons.
(b) Authority to disperse noisy party. — a law-enforcement official may order all persons present other than the owners or tenants of the building or place to immediately disperse. It is unlawful for any person to refuse to leave after being ordered to do so by a law-
(c) Owner or other tenant responsibility in abatement of disturbance, — It is unlawful for any owner or tenant of the building or place who has the knowledge of the disturbance to fail or refuse to immediately abate the disturbance.
Any person who violates any provision of this section, is guilty of a misdemeanor and thereof, shall be fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, confined in jail not more that six months, or both fined and confined.
1st 15th day of February 2021