New Florida law punishes drivers with loud music

Miami.- Driving around with music at full volume may be punished in Floridawith fines of more than one hundred dollars as of July 1 for a new law that insists on a matter on which the Supreme Court of the state ruled ten years ago in favor of the “noisy.”

The new legal text establishes fines of up to 114 dollars for when music coming from a vehicle can be heard well at a distance of at least 25 feet (7.6 meters).

The amount of the fines will be higher if the sender automobile of music passes through places near churches, schools and hospitals.

One of the points of the legal text authorizes the agents of the order to immobilize noisy vehicles for up to three days under certain circumstances, such as impromptu parties in which a large number of cars play music in unison.

NBC television channel 6 picked up opinions for and against this law that empowers police officers to fine those who exceed decibels.

One of his detractors, Christopher Dodge, considered that this law is “a new device to fill the coffers of state agencies” and wondered if the agents are going to carry devices to measure the decibels emitted by a vehicle or will their word simply suffice to accuse someone.

Supporters say it’s going to be a welcome change, especially in neighborhoods where many people are used to blasting music with their car windows down.

Police Lt. Mike Crabb told NBC 6 that it’s not about stopping drivers from enjoying music, it’s about putting limits on noise pollution on the streets.

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In 2012, the Florida Supreme Court He agreed with a lawyer, Richard Catalano, who filed a lawsuit against a similar law on the grounds that it violated the First Amendment of the Constitution, which enshrines the right to freedom of expression. The new text amends that law invalidated ten years ago.

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