Sedonia, AZ: Excessive vehicle noise difficult to police under state law

Sedona city code sets relatively strict noise limits for any activity within city limits — 60 decibels for residential areas during the day, 50 dBA at night; and 65 dBA for commercially zoned districts.

Sgt. Michael Dominguez, information officer for the Sedona Police Department, said that officers on routine patrol don’t carry decibel meters, but the department and city officials have the meters available to measure noise and enforce these limits when necessary.

But there is a significant exception to the limits written into the Sedona code: “Sound from the locomotion of properly muffled motor vehicles on a public right-of-way or residential driveway” are exempted.