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Mon April 29, 2013
If You Like the 'Cars that Go Boom,' the Senate Isn't Stopping You
If you're like the ladies from the Miami-based group L'Trimm from the 80s and like the "cars with the boom," the Florida Senate is not stopping you.
The bill (SB 634) that would have prohibited loud music from your car stereo heard from 100 feet away died after a tie vote, 19-19 on Friday.
Sounds like déjà-vu? That's because the Supreme Court had already struck down a similar measure last year. Florida had a law that prohibited loud music that was "plainly audible" from 25 feet away. The law had been in effect since 2005.
A lawyer from St. Petersburg was cited for playing his music too loudly in 2007. He took the matter to the courts and the state Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional as it only prohibited loud music, not political speeches or commercial advertising.
Even though the senate bill was silenced, local governments can still keep you from turning up the volume.
In Tampa, assistant city attorney Rebecca Kert said police can still cite a person on a disorderly conduct charge.
"But you have to have the witnesses there, the witnesses have to contact the police, the police have to witness the event, and then the witnesses have to be prepared to go to court to testify," she said, "so it's difficult to make those cases but it's possible."
Tampa City council will hold a general noise discussion at their next meeting on Thursday.