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PORT ST. LUCIE Motorists who turn up the volume on their car stereos tonight might want to make sure police aren't in earshot.
For several hours beginning at 6 p.m., about a half-dozen officers will be listening for booming bass and screeching treble in the first enforcement operation since an ordinance went into effect last month that targets repeat offenders and levies stiff fines.

"We're doing this hoping to deter people by making it more costly for them to continue this behavior," Lt. Scott Beck said this week.
State law carries a $78.50 fine for motorists with stereos easily audible from 25 feet, but the city ordinance provides increasing amounts of fines for offenses beginning at $150, said Officer Don Paris, who helped create the ordinance.

Police will apply the state statute to first-time offenders, but those who have received that fine in the past will be penalized under the more-expensive city rules. The second offense under city ordinance is $250 and the third is $500 and up to 60 days in jail.

Paris began working on the ordinance after Councilman Christopher Cooper received a complaint about several vehicles with loud stereos. The vehicles, Paris said, had been cited in the past.

"It became apparent that the citations aren't deterring them," he said. "The money is not doing it."

Beck said there were about 170 repeat violators before the new ordinance, and one had 11 violations and numerous complaints.

"Each time we'd cite this individual he'd just pay the fine . . . and go on about his way," Beck said. "He had about $5,000 worth of stereo equipment in his car $78.50 was just the cost of doing business for him."

Beck said blaring car stereos are a quality-of-life issue that the ordinance is designed to address.

"It was written to prevent repeat or flagrant violators of loud music from kind of terrorizing our neighborhoods," he said.

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Terrorizing our neighborhoods?

Please. I know for a fact South Florida could be a lot safer, and ticketing people for loud music isn't going to do jack shit.
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shit im sooooo done


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Our neighboring city put a law like that into affect in the summer. It's so stupid.
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While I would agree having an ordinance for loud music is a little excessive, it is also true that this situation is getting out of hand. I've personally witnessed motorists who fail to hear ambulance, fire, cruiser sirens because their music was blaring so loudly. In fact, I've seen motorists around them also not notice. This particular report does not cite that as being a problem, but there are many teenagers (as well as 20 somethings stuck in their teenage years) who recline their seats more than a lazy boy, don't use their mirrors and have loud music blaring. I listen to music pretty loudly in the car myself, however, I don't have any subs or amps powering my speakers. I also don't recline my seat so I tend to see the lights flashing before I hear the sirens. For this, and this particular issue alone, I would be okay with a rule that sets limits on sound systems.

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The only time I really have a problem with the punks and their loud music (John, Curt, I'm talkin' to YOU! ) is when they don't turn the music down driving through residential neighborhoods and developments. I don't want to have to turn up the volume on the porn I'm watching in the privacy of my own home because your bass is drowning it out! The porn music can't hold up!!



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i am for ordinances against loud music. i am glad there are laws here against it though ive never heard of anyone be ticketed for such an offense.

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[quote author=Smokin link=topic=66882.msg1148882#msg1148882 date=1168784318]

While I would agree having an ordinance for loud music is a little excessive, it is also true that this situation is getting out of hand. I've personally witnessed motorists who fail to hear ambulance, fire, cruiser sirens because their music was blaring so loudly. In fact, I've seen motorists around them also not notice. This particular report does not cite that as being a problem, but there are many teenagers (as well as 20 somethings stuck in their teenage years) who recline their seats more than a lazy boy, don't use their mirrors and have loud music blaring. I listen to music pretty loudly in the car myself, however, I don't have any subs or amps powering my speakers. I also don't recline my seat so I tend to see the lights flashing before I hear the sirens. For this, and this particular issue alone, I would be okay with a rule that sets limits on sound systems.
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Well said. I will listen to music fairly loud sometimes but when the asshole three cars away from me is so loud that I can't hear my own, then yeah, I do have a problem with that.

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[quote author=protephile link=topic=66882.msg1148968#msg1148968 date=1168790634]
[quote author=Smokin link=topic=66882.msg1148882#msg1148882 date=1168784318]

While I would agree having an ordinance for loud music is a little excessive, it is also true that this situation is getting out of hand. I've personally witnessed motorists who fail to hear ambulance, fire, cruiser sirens because their music was blaring so loudly. In fact, I've seen motorists around them also not notice. This particular report does not cite that as being a problem, but there are many teenagers (as well as 20 somethings stuck in their teenage years) who recline their seats more than a lazy boy, don't use their mirrors and have loud music blaring. I listen to music pretty loudly in the car myself, however, I don't have any subs or amps powering my speakers. I also don't recline my seat so I tend to see the lights flashing before I hear the sirens. For this, and this particular issue alone, I would be okay with a rule that sets limits on sound systems.
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Well said. I will listen to music fairly loud sometimes but when the asshole three cars away from me is so loud that I can't hear my own, then yeah, I do have a problem with that.

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I personally don't see a point in hooking up a "system" just so your music disturb others. it's like, okay, you're cool bumping to your 1999 slim shady cd. it gets really bad like that here when the weather starts warming up. when a 98 neon pulls up next to me bumping that crap i just roll my windows up so i don't have to hear it. i upgraded my stereo for ME, so the music i like to listen to sounds better to ME, not so everyone waiting at the stoplight with me can hear what i'm listening to, too.

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