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Hillsborough unanimously passes loud noise law

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Blasting your car stereo could cost you up to $150 in fine Blasting your car stereo could cost you up to $150 in fine
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - If you blast your music and annoy your neighbors in Hillsborough County, you could face a hefty fine.

Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday afternoon before to approve a new excessive noise ordinance.

The county's previous ordinance dealing with loud noise from vehicles is no longer enforced because of a change in state law. The new ordinance is based on a "plainly audible" standard and is similar to a law recently passed by the city of Tampa.

If loud noise coming from a vehicle is "plainly audible" from at least 50 feet away, the driver will be fined $150.

"If it's a situation where we've  been receiving numerous complaints from the residents, and we're sitting there waiting for the violator to go by, I doubt they're going to get a warning the first time," said Colonel Greg Brown with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Horns, sirens, and car alarms are exempt from the ordinance.

Melissa Beckman contributed to this report.

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