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New noise ordinance
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New noise ordinance

Sarasota, Florida -- The city of Sarasota has a new sound regulation dealing with unreasonable sound coming from motor vehicles. 

The ordinance took effect on April 1. Elements of the ordinance such as "plainly audible" sound and specific times of the day and night help law enforcement determine a violation. 

The ordinance states that unreasonable sound produced from within or upon motor vehicles heard plainly audible at a distance of fifty feet or more from the source of the sound.

The violations must take place between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Sunday nights through Friday mornings, and between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Friday nights through Sunday morning will be in violation. 

Violations may include amplifying the sound produced by a radio, tape player, compact disc player, loudspeaker, or electronic sound-making devices. 

Violators will be issued a verbal warning to turn down the sound and will have one minute to do so. If the violator does no comply a citation will be issued immediately. 

A second violation is immediately issued a citation and third or subsequent offense may result in arrest. 


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