Monday, May 22, 2017

Please, No "Jake Brakes"

Day or night, trucks pull up to the traffic light at Park & Seventh with a loud stuttering roar that drowns out my radio. This noise is due to a form of braking that some drivers use. It's called "Jake braking" and is banned in some places, although the company that makes the mechanism has sued municipalities for putting up signs that link it to the racket.

I have mentioned it before, but it has become so frequent lately that it is beyond annoying. The most recent blast was at 1:30 a.m,

I know other people on major roads in Plainfield must be hearing that horrible noise. I have wished for police to ticket drivers for this excessive noise, although :it might be too hard to catch them in action. Hear an example here.

My building is set back 100 feet from the street and the corner is about another 100 feet. Anyone living at an intersection with a smaller setback must be even more affected by this noise. Have you heard it? What do you think would help?

1 comment:

  1. Some NJ Transit buses are also equipped with them.