Fla. lawmakers look to re-enact loud music ban in vehicles
You can often hear them before you can see them. Until December it was illegal to have your music heard more than 25 feet from a vehicle.
But the state's highest court found problems with the law, because it didn't apply to businesses like ice cream trucks or to politicians. Now, state lawmakers are moving to take those two exceptions out of the law and re-enact the loud music ban.
"This is one of the largest one of the top reasons people call 911 is for noise coming out of car stereos out of automobiles," said Rep. Kevin Rader (D-Boca Raton).
The ban carries a $30 fine and is considered a non-moving violation.
Mike Williams likes his music loud. He prefers lawmakers let the court ruling stand.
"Not to be able to listen to your music that's, I mean, music is life to me and I enjoy my music so," said Williams, a stereo installer.
The legislation has gathered a smattering of no votes in committee so far. One of them was from State Senator Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville).
"It can be a little annoying, but to pull somebody over and you know start down the road that may not end well," said Gibson. "I just don't think it's the right thing to do."
Without the ban, police can still charge violators with a crime, like disturbing the peace, which would carry even stiffer penalties.
This ban is supported by law enforcement groups who say that the loud music may impair driver's ability to hear emergency vehicles.
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