Welcome to Georgetown, Now Be Quiet

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 1:23 PM EDT
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Welcome to Georgetown, Now Be Quiet

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SHENZHEN, CHINA - NOVEMBER 29: A chinese quiet please sign during the third round of the Omega Mission Hills world cup on November 29, 2008 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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Quiet hours are being extended around Georgetown, and they are not just limited to the library.

Metropolitan Police told a Georgetown ANC meeting that new rules on excessive noise would go into effect on Tuesday, the Georgetown Dish reported.

The new regulation will make it illegal for "a person to make an unreasonable loud noise between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. that is likely to annoy or disturb one or more persons in their residences," the blog reported. 

The law gives officers the power to arrest offenders.  Violators can face misdemeanor charges that may add up to a $500 fine or 90 days in jail.

Lt. John Hedgecock told the neighborhood council that loud street musicians, house parties, and car stereos could all be targets for enforcement.  Hedgecock said that arrests would be made based on whether the noise was "likely to annoy" neighbors, the Dish said.

"This is a huge tool for the police," Georgetown ANC Commissioner Bill Starrels told the Dish.  "This should result in a better quality of life for residents across the city."

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