Did you know loud music blasting from vehicle stereos is illegal?

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying drivers who are playing their music too loud, breaking the county’s noise ordinance. They officially launched “Operation Lower The Boom,” where you can fill out a form on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office’s website reporting a driver blasting their music too loud.

They say in addition to being a nuisance, violators can prevent drivers from hearing emergency sirens in the area.

“First, our initial action is a warning letter. The second, if we get another complaint for the same vehicle, one of our deputies will go visit the registered owner of the vehicle and talk about the disruptive behavior. Then, we more forward from there,” Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office PIO Spencer Gross said.

A deputy or law enforcement official has to witness the noise violation first hand in order to write an official citation, which would cost around $250. So far, Gross says drivers haven’t abused the reporting system.

To officially file a report, go to PCSOweb.com and fill out a form including information like the vehicle’s tag number, color, the street address or intersection where it happened, etc.

If you’re curious, the Pinellas County noise ordinance is under Sec. 58-444 – General Prohibitions.

“You have to be respectful. Music can cover up fire trucks or ambulances, it’s easy to get distracted and not know they’re coming,” Darcy Morrison with Car Tunes said.

So, how loud is too loud?

“That’s hard to say, it has to be loud enough that’s a nuisance to others and a lot of changing factors can go into that like time of day and location,” Gross said.

Tony Sanderson, a Car Tunes employee who specializes in car audio, says if we’re getting technical, anything about 100 decibels can be heard outside of a car with its windows rolled up.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says no resources are being pulled to maintain Operation Lower The Boom. So far, they haven’t written any citations but have sent out a few letters and say getting the word out about the operation is more about reminding the community of an available resource.

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