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Does the sound of traffic outside your window make you want to hide? On Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a bill that could help. The new law increases penalties for modifications that make cars louder. It also requires inspections for motorcycles to make sure they're not configured for "loud pipes."

The New York law is just a small step toward addressing a serious problem. Noise pollution is easily dismissed as a minor annoyance. But scientists argue there are serious health effects of exposure to loud sounds. There's a reason construction and factory workers often wear protective earmuffs.

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