Just how often do police stop citizens because the car stereo is too loud. A recent article on car stereo statutes in Florida in gives us a clue.
In Brevard County Florida, with a population of about 1/2 million people, the police stopped motorists 1,000 times in 2009, said FloridaToday.com.
Motorists were pulled over on a state statute that says that police may stop a vehicle if the car stereo is “plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more,” but it makes exceptions for businesses and politicians.
A dispute over the statute, number 316.3045, may be heading for the Florida State Supreme Court. You may remember that last month, a Florida District Court in Lakeland ruled Florida’s noise statutes as unconstitutional because they violated free speech (in other words, it’s unconstitutional that politicians can blast noise but kids can’t blast music).
The ruling left law officers around the state uncertain about whether to enforce the statute.
On June 10, the State asked the Florida Supreme Court to appeal the recent District Court ruling. No court date has been set to hear the appeal.
An ACLU attorney, Andrea Mogensen told FloridaToday.com. “We are glad that they appealed. It is the kind of regulation that needs to be uniform across the state. Frankly, this deals with profiling and unreasonable search and seizure.”
The case was initiated by a car stereo fan who happened to be a FL. attorney. Richard Catalano was given a ticket for playing his car stereo back in 2007 and he thought it was unfair.