Most people living in cities take the racket for granted, writes Washington Post gardening columnist Adrian Higgins.
Gasoline-powered leaf blowers can produce noise levels exceeding a deafening 112 decibels. And while most municipalities have noise ordinances, they're all but impossible to enforce.
" You will find if you put it to the test that local authorities as a rule are unable to effectively enforce the laws," Higgins writes. Even if police decided to show up, the culprits would be gone by the time they arrived.
And it's not just our eardrums that are at risk. "Studies have shown that tens of millions of Americans are at risk of hypertension and heart disease from the effects of noise," Higgins asserts.
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