Tampa Police say hands are tied to reduce noise complaints
The City of Tampa has been trying to figure what to do about excessive noise complaints for a long time. At this morningâs City Council meeting, Tampa Police Assistant Police chief Marc Hamlin told council members that pulling drivers over for noise violations would be unconstitutional. Council member Frank Reddick laughed at the inability of officers to pursue offenders.
But the agencyâs hands arenât completely tied. They told city council the use of so-called soft letters is underway. Thatâs when residents provide information to police about noise violations by motorists. If enough information is available, a letter is sent to the vehicleâs owner explaining they may be guilty of a misdemeanor. Council members voted to evaluate the soft letter process again in about six months.comments powered by Disqus