Vehicle noise crackdown starts April 1

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Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:49 pm | Updated: 9:08 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

SARASOTA, Fla. - When it comes to music blasting from cars, you either love it or hate it.  And starting April first, unreasonable sound from a car could end up being reason for a ticket.

For some drivers, that's not exactly music to their ears.

"I think its kind of crazy though that they're going to give out tickets," said Ghana Davidson, who enjoys blasting her stereo.

According to the new ordinance, drivers can be cited for unreasonable sound coming from a car between the hours of 10pm and 7am during the week, and between 10pm and 10am during the weekends.

Sarasota business owner Cary Spicuzza hears loud music during the day, and says it goes beyond just the noise.

"It's not what you hear, but you feel, the ground shaking the base of the stereos in the cars," said Spicuzza.

Police will use electronic signs to educate drivers of the new rules, starting first in the 1700 block of U.S. 301.

The ordinance however may not be without some controversy. Just last December the Florida supreme court struck down a state law banning excessive noise, ruling that loud noise from cars constitutes freedom of expression.

The Sarasota Police Department has not yet responded to requests from ABC 7 to explain how this ordinance will hold up in court where others have failed.

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2 comments:

  • varuka posted at 4:19 pm on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    varuka Posts: 7

    Please ticket me so I can sue and make a bunch of money. But seriously, why enact a new law when a similar law was just ruled unconstitutional? The only reason I could imagine is so the lawmakers lawyer pals could make more $$. This is beyond ridiculous.

     
  • Homes posted at 10:31 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Homes Posts: 1

    I am hoping this is not an April Fools joke. but while we are at it, how about limiting motorcycles tearing away from a bar at 1 and 2 A.M. in a residential area? or just racing down a thoroughfare at all times of the evening so that one cannot even hear their TVs. Why are there not restrictions? Owners receive tickets if they do not take care of the mufflers on their autos? Why are Bikers privileged with their
    Harleys?

     

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