New Florida Law Permits Authorities to Fine Drivers for Excessively Loud Music

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As new legislation takes effect, streets all around the state of Florida are expected to become substantially quieter. This is because, effective July 1, drivers who listen to loud music while driving will be subject to get a ticket.

Drivers are now prohibited from turning up their car stereos so loudly that it can be clearly heard from 25 feet or farther. If they do, police may stop their vehicle and cite them for up to $114. The average car is roughly 15 feet long, therefore an officer has the legal right to issue a ticket to the driver in front of them if their music is heard.

A similar legislation was declared unlawful by the Florida Supreme Court in 2012 because it exempts commercial and political vehicles from penalties. There are no exceptions under the new law, although there are stiffer guidelines for driving near homes, churches, schools, and hospitals. The 25-foot guideline does not apply in those circumstances, therefore officers may issue penalties if they feel the music is merely “louder than necessary.”

Car horns and other honking noises, which are regarded as legal warning devices, will be exempt from the new law.

 

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