“Clamp the Amp”and Turn Car Stereos Down!
CLEARWATER – It’s loud. It’s annoying. It’s against the law. The Clearwater Police Department is starting a new program – “Clamp the Amp.” Citizens can now report booming car stereos by going online and entering a few details.
Citizens who witness amplified car stereo volume should note the date and location of the incident, the vehicle type, tag number and a brief description of the driver if possible. No one should jeopardize his or her safety or the safety of others to obtain this information.
Reporting excessive volume will generate a letter from the Clearwater Police Department to the vehicle’s registered owner. A police officer must observe the offense to take enforcement action, but the letter will warn the driver of the violation and make a record of complaints.
Florida Statute 316.3045 prohibits amplified sound from a car that is audible 25 feet or more. The penalty is a $91 fine. To report violations go to www.clearwaterpolice.org
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