The question of whether it is safe to blast your car radio in Florida has gone unanswered for months but it looks like Floridians will get a definitive ruling on the matter by the State’s Supreme Court early next year.
You may remember in May, a Florida law that bans playing loud music from the car was overturned by a district court in Lakeland. But a month later, the State appealed to the Supreme Court to rule on the matter.
The Court agreed to hear the case in February and will decide whether regulating car stereo volume is a violation of one’s First Amendment rights. It could eliminate the noise ordinance completely.
The case is State vs. Catalano, which began when a corporate lawyer was pulled over by police in St. Petersburg for exceeding the noise limit as he blasted Justin Timberlake on his way to work at 7:34 am.
The original statute says police may stop a vehicle if the car stereo is “plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more.” It has been argued that the statute is unconstitutional as it makes exceptions for businesses and politicians and may be selectively enforced. It has also been argued that it interferes with free speech.
Source: NBC Miami
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