The Florida Supreme Court made it legal to crank up your car stereo in the Sunshine State, vindicating a Florida lawyer who was cited for blasting a Justin Timberlake song back in 2007.
Clearly, they ticketed the wrong guy.
On Wednesday, the court ruled unanimously, on the basis of free speech, to overturn the state’s law banning loud noise audible 25 feet away from a car. The seven justices called the old statute “invalid because it is an unreasonable restriction on the freedom of expression,” reported Naplesnews.com.
Justice Jorge Labarga noted the old law exempted businesses and political messages from the noise ban, but not general motorists, which was deemed a violation of the First Amendment.
Labarga was also skeptical of the state’s claim that the old noise ordinance made traffic safer.
The case was first filed by Richard Catalano, a lawyer who got a $73 ticket while driving to work.