The city that never sleeps may finally get a cure for its insomnia.
Supporters hope a bill being considered by the City Council will silence the car alarms, jackhammers and noisy nightclubs that keep New Yorkers up at night and strain their sanity during the day, according to a report in the Daily News.
The anti-noise bill, which the Council is expected to pass and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is expected to sign, would increase fines for those who repeatedly violate city noise codes, the News said.
Maximum fines would jump from $700 to $2,100 for car alarms that don't stop after three minutes, from $8,000 to $24,000 for clubs and bars blaring unreasonably loud music and from $175 to $525 for too-loud pets. Non-emergency construction before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on weekdays could be slapped with a fine of up to $10,500, up from the current maximum of $3,500.
The stiffer fines would only apply to repeat offenders.