GPD to Crack Down on Loud Car Stereos
Gainesville, FL -- If you live in Gainesville and you're one of those people who like to turn your music up while you're driving, you may want to be a little more careful starting August 1st. Gainesville Police will start enforcing a noise ordinance on drivers.
The current ordinance is in place for homes and businesses and will be extended to vehicles. GPD Spokesperson said officers will be using the 200 feet rule - meaning if the noise can be heard from about two city blocks away, drivers can be pulled over.
If drivers are pulled over, the first time, it's a warning. The second offense is a $271 fine. If it's the third offense, drivers can receive a $521 fine.
"Think about it, if your music is up that loud, you're not only enjoying it yourself, you're really putting it out there for everyone to listen to and some people may not want to," said Tobias.
Tobias said there was previously a state statute that allowed officers to cite drivers who had their music turned up too loud, but recent rulings found some parts of it to be unconstitutional.
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