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City Council passes ban on loud car stereos

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's time to turn the volume down in the city of Tampa, or else.

Thursday the City Council passed an ordinance "prohibiting excessive noise in motor vehicles," in effect banning "the bump" on local streets.

Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick says this comes straight from his constituents.

"They're tired of seeing their windows rattling, they're just tired of all of this loud noise," said Reddick.

People like Clay Daniels.

"People come by my house, I ask them to turn the music down they cuss me out one guy drawed a gun on me," said Daniels.

It would ban music easily heard from 50 feet away and would be enforced after 10 p.m.

Entertainment districts like Ybor and Channelside would be exempt.

None of that seems to matter to Arick Hunter.

"I think it's outright ridiculous, I think if you like music then you should be able to enjoy it," said Hunter.

He was getting a stereo installed at Maximum Audio Video in Tampa Friday.

"We do a huge amount of custom, high end car audio systems here," said Maximum Audio Video owner Andy Lehrer.

Lehrer says his installers aim to provide sound quality, not necessarily quantity.

He says he doubts the ban will put a squeeze on his business but also understands why there's a need for such a law even if he doesn't outright agree with it.

"If someone's going to play their music to the point where it's an annoyance to everybody blocks away, I could understand where that could potentially be an issue," said Lehrer.

For Frank Reddick it all comes back to the people he serves who say those "bumping systems" are just too much.

"They want to be able to enjoy living in their home without having some much noise that interrupts their lives," said Reddick.

There was a similar state law that was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court late last year.

Reddick says the ordinance passed in Tampa is different and that the city's attorneys advised them that they could move forward and withstand any challenge.

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