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Altamonte Springs Police Department
Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 :: 02:34 p.m. EDT

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What Goes Boom Boom Boom And Is Against The Law? See email for answer.

Is there something in life that drives you absolutely nuts! For me the list is too long to state in its entirety so I will share with you my top five. Drum roll please….Number five: Leaving the faucet running while washing dishes and/or brushing your teeth. Number four: leaving lights and ceiling fans running in an unoccupied room. Number three: seeing people run red lights only to catch up with them at the next red light. Number two: restaurants charging $2.50 for a glass of iced tea. And the number one thing that drives me absolutely bonkers is drivers who turn up the volume of their stereo to the ear drum busting setting.

They ought to make a law against that! Oh wait a minute there is a law under Florida Statute 316.3045 which states 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 sound making device which is plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle. But how do I know what is 25 feet? Let’s just say if the volume of your stereo is able to shake windows from nearby homes, wake sleeping infants, and cause other motorists to give you the evil eye when stopped at a red light you’re most likely in violation of the law.

The penalty for violating this statute in Seminole County would be a non-moving ticket which currently cost $116.00. Other counties around the nation have adopted more unique punishments in addition to a fine. Take Sarasota for example, a first violation results in the immediate impoundment of the vehicle and tow charge of $125. A second offense also impounds your vehicle with a tow charge and an additional $250 fine. In Colorado, a local judge has found that fines are not a deterrent for every violator and therefore in addition to fines violators are subjected to one hour of listening to Barry Manilow, Dolly Parton, and the theme song from the children’s show Barney – You know the one that goes, “I love you, you love me, were a happy family…..” The Judge reports an extremely low rate of repeat offenders - Brilliant!

Studies show that 1 out of every 5 teenagers suffers from some form of hearing loss which is a 30% increase over a ten year period. Hopefully with tougher new legislation and active enforcement these tragic statistics will turn around and the rock ‘n roll roadways will regain peace and quiet.

Address/Location
Altamonte Springs Police Department
175 Newburyport Ave
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 407-339-2441

Lt Darin Farber
COPS Section
dwfarber@altamonte.org
407-571-8290

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