Be careful how loud you crank your radio. A new Florida law could let law enforcement ticket you for loud music coming from your car!
Just when you thought you could crank up your favorite Country in your car, a Florida law says you need to watch your decibels! House Bill 1435 updates an older state statute relating to noise levels in traffic, for ticketing and citation. That Florida statute, now says:
If someone is “listening to car radio, tape player, compact disc player, portable music or video player, cellular telephone, tablet computer, laptop computer, stereo, television, musical instrument, or other mechanical or electronic sound-making device or instrument, which sound emanates from the motor vehicle,” and it can be heard “at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle” or is “louder than necessary for convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle in areas adjoining private residences, churches, schools, or hospitals,” be prepared for fines and citations.
If you’re in violation, you’ll be subject to a citation under the statute are given a “noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a non-moving violation.” Of course, the rule does not apply to law enforcement vehicles or emergency vehicles.
This update brings back a statute struck down as unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court 10 years ago.
So before you turn up the volume up loud in your car, remember this Florida law. It might save you from getting a ticket!
[SOURCE News Channel 8]