If you were out and about in the Old Town last weekend, you may have noticed a new addition to the neighborhood.
The Prague 1 district has decided to fight against excessive noise by placing a noise meter at the corner of Dlouhá and Masná.
The area, recently deemed Prague’s biggest party district, with Dlouhá on par with Bourbon Street in New Orleans or Grafton Street in Dublin, houses dozens of bars, restaurants, and venues and remains a source of daily complaints from locals who are fed up with disruptive tourists.
The meters were installed in the wee hours of Friday morning, according to Novinky.cz.
The device measures noise in decibels, including traffic; green display numbers indicate an acceptable level of noise (deemed by experts to be under 60dB), while boisterous nighttime revelers can turn the numbers red.
The Dlouhá street noise meter is a pilot project that could see expansion into other parts of Prague 1 in the future. It is intended to draw attention to what many see as an ongoing problem.
“It will not be as if the red lights up, the police will rush in and punish someone,” Ivan Solil, safety councilor for Prague 1 told iDnes. “We want to show transparently the conditions in which people live there.”
The district has been appealing to City Hall to revise opening hours of bars and clubs in the center. According to the city, however, such legislation could be legally problematic.
Prague 1 isn’t the only district to monitor noise: in May 2018, Prague 5 installed an acoustic sensor to monitor noise at Smíchovská Náplavka another notorious noise zone, while residents of Prague 2 are pushing for a similar sensor.