SPD handing out warnings to motorists with loud sound systems

Sarasota Police
Sarasota Police
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 12:52 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Sarasota Police are handing out warnings to anyone whose music is too loud.

There is a new law in Florida. If people can hear music coming from your car from 25-feet away, it’s too loud. Through July 24, Sarasota Police will be issuing warnings in an effort to educate on the new law.

We have reached out to Sarasota Police to see how many warnings have been issued.

Here is the complete law as written by the City of Sarasota:

316.3045 Operation of radios or other mechanical soundmaking devices or instruments in vehicles; exemptions.—(1) It is unlawful for any person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical soundmaking device or instrument from within the motor vehicle so that the sound is:

(a) Plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle; or

(b) Louder than necessary for the convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle in areas adjoining churches, schools, or hospitals.

(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any law enforcement motor vehicle equipped with any communication device necessary in the performance of law enforcement duties or to any emergency vehicle equipped with any communication device necessary in the performance of any emergency procedures.

(3) The provisions of this section do not apply to motor vehicles used for business or political purposes, which in the normal course of conducting such business use soundmaking devices. The provisions of this subsection shall not be deemed to prevent local authorities, with respect to streets and highways under their jurisdiction and within the reasonable exercise of the police power, from regulating the time and manner in which such business may be operated.

(4) The provisions of this section do not apply to the noise made by a horn or other warning device required or permitted by s. 316.271. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shall promulgate rules defining “plainly audible” and establish standards regarding how sound should be measured by law enforcement personnel who enforce the provisions of this section.

(5) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a nonmoving violation as provided in chapter 318.

History.—s. 1, ch. 90-256; s. 220, ch. 99-248; s. 9, ch. 2005-164.

After July 24, you may receive a citation.

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