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Can Playing Your Car Stereo Too Loud Get You a Ticket?

 

Update:  Christmas came early this year.  As of 12/14/2012 The Supreme Court of Florida has struck down the law that made it unlawful to play music too loud. In a 7-0 decision, the courts ruled this law is a violation of the freedom of expression. 

Therefore, you can now play your car stereo music as loud as you want.  Feel free to blast Justin Timberlake or whatever else makes you happy.

Your thoughts.

Do you agree with this new ruling?

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(Here's the Original post from March 21, 2012) 

Ever find yourself sitting in your car cruising along, radio blasting, not a care in the world?  Did you know you can get a ticket for playing your car stereo too loud?  What's worse, did you know what you're blasting might make a difference whether you get pulled over or not?  Sad, but true.

The law on how loud you can play music in your car before getting a ticket is fairly clear.  It says if the car stereo is "plainly audible" at 25 feet or more, a police officer can give you a ticket.  So, before you crank up that Kanye West  or Coldplay song you love, you may want to get out your tape measure.  Or, just take a look to see if anyone's around.

But, I bet you didn't know that if you were blasting talk radio, and the topic was a political discussion, you would be fine, no matter how loud it was?  Additionally, if you were an ice cream truck blasting that awful organ grinder music, again, no problem.  Does that seem crazy to you?

Well, you're not alone.  Recently, a Florida attorney was jamming out to the latest Justin Timberlake song (no comment), and was cited for violating the statute for having his music too loud in his car.  He decided to challenge the fact that the law put restrictions on what he was listening to, but chose to not restrict political or religious messages.  Additionally, there is no restriction for businesses such as ice-cream trucks. 

The case has gone all the way up to the Florida Supreme Court who has yet to issue a ruling.  But clearly, there does appear to be a first amendment issue at stake.  By choosing to regulate the content of the message, the state has chosen to give protection to one kind of message over another.  That would appear to be exactly what the First Amendment was desinged to protect.

The state's argument is that the messages it is protecting are mainly blasted from megaphones that are placed outside the vehicle, as opposed to speakers for music that are inside the vehicle and prevent the passengers from hearing emergency vehicles. 

I'm not buying it, but it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.  I'll keep you posted.

If you did get a ticket for playing your car stereo too loud or for any other reason, and want to discuss it with a Florida Traffic Attorney, give me a call at 954-370-9999 or drop me an email.

 


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defntly, i think it is stupid -- i was walking along a street one day & someone had there car stereo TOO LOUDD it was breaking there speakers! i think they should be banned from their car stereo!
Posted @ Monday, May 21, 2012 3:52 PM by MatthewWills
I am no attorney, but does the concept of "swinging ones hand stop where it meets someone else's face" not apply in this instance? Every afternoon I am entreated to the Rap, Country, Acid Rock blasting from car stereos 50-75 feet away from my window. Whatever the sound wave might be, surely ones right to enjoy them should be constrained by the rights others to not have them imposed upon them?
Posted @ Monday, May 28, 2012 9:32 AM by Michael Fahy
I am deaf and i play music so loud so i can feel and like the music. i dont care what the haters think. i want to hear and feel the music.
Posted @ Thursday, October 04, 2012 1:45 PM by
that is a loud car audio system are how did you get all these spreaker in the car.
Posted @ Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:11 AM by daverious
I fully support fining people who play their music loudly. Why? Because of my neighbor who continually feels the need to blare his music loudly at night when everyone, myself included, is trying to sleep. Every night he is told to turn it down, multiple times in one night even, and yet he continually disregards those around him. 
 
 
Ever want to get insight into a person's character, look at how he plays his music. If he blares it loudly (whether a car radio, a phone, or even through the headphones), they are probably a person that not only lacks self respect, but respect for others.
Posted @ Saturday, December 29, 2012 2:47 PM by Alana
Right dicision..
Posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2013 11:54 AM by leese
If you're sitting in traffic and hear/feel some really heavy bass waves from another vehicle, please stop freaking out and acting like its just soooo bad an unbearable. You'll be next to this person for less than 60 seconds usually and then you go on your way.  
 
There has to be some point where your perfect world will be momentarily interupted for a few seconds by other people trying to live in a 'free' country.
Posted @ Sunday, March 03, 2013 5:43 PM by richisamindset01
the problem with me is that there's a business right across the street where I live and multiple African americans in their vehicles like to park there and play excessively loud music for 30 minutes to an hour. This is not socially acceptable. This IS criminal harassment as they know it IS bothering other people. They do it at all hours of the day or night. I have gotten very little sleep in the past 6 months because of this. There needs to be a law in instance like this where it is a death penalty crime to do this as my hearing has been permanently damaged as a result of these rude, inconsiderate people.
Posted @ Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:54 AM by Deaf From Rude People
Why did you specifically say African Americans? From what I've noticed people blast music all the time, all kinds of people. And you seem to be very overdramatic, the death penalty? You should get the death penalty for being a whiney bitch. Just saying.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 16, 2013 5:07 PM by sam
playing your car stereo to loudly can cause damage to a persons ear and could be violent to children that is all i have to say.
Posted @ Friday, May 03, 2013 1:25 PM by
playing music to loudly can cause brain damage also and can be violent depending on what kind of music it is
Posted @ Friday, May 03, 2013 1:28 PM by
i know it was not nice butsomebod was playing their music to loud and i sewed them
Posted @ Friday, May 03, 2013 1:45 PM by
I got a ticket for loud music on a open high way at 11pm at a state safety check and the state cop gave me a ticket for loud music when I wasn't even playing loud just loud enough to cruse and relax getting ready for a 2 hour drive bat any way so I stop and cop looks in my truck and said that there is a safety check and after looking around in my truck he says you were playing your music to loud..... and on the ticket he said hard at LEAST 100 feet in the middle of night no traffic or anything and never got a warning for having loud music ever , so I was wondering what would happen if I don't pay this $120.00 ticket?
Posted @ Saturday, May 04, 2013 8:32 PM by Cody Miller
Let's look at this from each others perspective. Loud music people like their music loud because they are enjoying their music. I get that, and appreciate where you are coming from. However, I don't like other people's loud music invading my home; and I don't want to offend anyone when I ask them to turn their music down. And I really don't want to call the Police on someone for something like this. So those of you who like to play your music loudly, what is the best way to ask you to turn the music down so that you don't get offended about it? My goal is to get the volume down to where you that like listening to loud music can enjoy listening to it, while I don't have to hear it much; it is not to hurt anyone's feelings. I always ask people nicely and tell them I appreciate them helping me out yet they usually get angry at me for bringing it up. And the request to turn the volume down is for all the time, not just that one time. The reason I ask is that I literally get bad headaches when I'm exposed to the loud bass pounding through my home for hours at a time. So it's a health issue for me. I work around loud noises all day long at my job. The last thing I want to hear at night after work is a pounding bass for several hours. I'm willing to meet people half way and work this out so everyone can win. I'm hoping my in put will encourage us all to want to work together to resolve this issue. I usually like the people that play their music loud; I just don't like the volume the music is played at.
Posted @ Sunday, June 02, 2013 8:52 PM by Deborah McNair
I have a loud system over 5,000 Watts car audio system in my car everything shakes window flexing, yes I've cracked my windshield. Why do I play loud music?  
 
When I was born hearing I've always love listening to music but then when I was 11 years old I got a really bad flu and I had a hearing loss due by the medication and for rest of my life I'm hard of hearing.  
 
Music has always been in my life no matter what. I always crank my ipod at max volume to be able hear every single lyrics and the beats as well.  
 
When I got my first car at age 16 I had no idea about car audio system, however I've seen people with 2 10, 2 12 kickers subwoofer are hella loud when one time I was at gas station this guy age 20's back then he was bumping really hard I could feel the ground pounding the vibration... I couldn't hear the music no but bass yes and vibration when he was coming towards to the gas station closer to me I can start hearing his high vocals it was amazing sound quality. He gave me a demo to hear his system and that is how I fell in love with car audio system. 
 
I currently own 2 12 Kickers with Sundown Audio amp, over 5,000 watts of system in car. I'm hitting at 150dB (decibels). 
 
Yes I've been pulled over many times almost 5-10 times a month... nothing I can really do about it all they do just give me a warning and or sometime a tickets. If you're really complaining about loud system you're only going to hear it for less 30 seconds drive-by, stoplight, and whatever. 
 
However... I'm not one of rude guy blasting bass at stoplight, only when I'm cruising and giving people demo.
Posted @ Saturday, July 13, 2013 2:45 AM by I like it Loud
The louder the better. There is a difference between listening to loud music and listening to loud good music in a good system. Thats why we have competition series...
Posted @ Wednesday, July 24, 2013 5:37 PM by reignmakert
I love loud music while traveling. 
And whenever i m free i use to listen music..!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, August 13, 2013 1:53 AM by Stereo Calgary
Personally, I'm against playing super loud music. I always play my music loud IN the car, but you literally can't hear anything standing a foot away from the car. (Yes, I checked!) I think that people BLASTING their music should be ticketed. Yes, they are only disrupting you for 30 seconds, but they are disrupting everyone around them. But the fine should be minimal, like maybe $50. If they can afford a thousand dollar stereo, they should be able to afford a $50 ticket.
Posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 4:08 PM by Nick
Here's the answer to this problem... pass a law that requires ALL vehicles to be sound proof from the interior. Anyone who refuses to abide by the courteous standard is a low down criminal and scum. END
Posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 9:19 PM by BAN LOUD CAR AUDIO
Is it loud music or does it need to be LOUDER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 1:16 PM by b@Man
We live in a noisy world and it isn't about to quiet down anytime soon. Everyone needs to apply this basic rule of thumb-treat others like you would like to be treated. The only reason I have ever asked someone to turn their music down is because I literally get bad headaches from being subjected to the pounding bass invading my home for hours. It wasn't to attack anyone and their choice of music. In fact, I usually like the people who listen to music loudly, and get along with them just fine. I have nothing against the person playing loud music. It's a health issue for me, as it probably is for many people. Who wants to end up with a bad headache frequently when it can be avoided by others adjusting their radio volume button by turning it down to where they can enjoy the music and others don't have to hear it? At least the bass part. I seldom can hear the actual music since the pounding bass over rides a lot of the music. My goal is never to disrespect or offend people when I ask them to turn their music down. I believe I'm showing them respect by talking to them personally about my concerns. I can just as easily call the Police like most people do, to handle the situation but I'd want a neighbor to talk to me first before calling the Police so we can work out our differences, and I extend that courtesy to others. Yet I get retaliated against every time I've approached the subject of people's loud music. Why is that? All I wanted to do was work things out so everyone can be happy. So it isn't always that people are trying to tell others what to do. Sometimes there is a valid reason behind the requests to turn down the loud music, like it causes health issues. Just something for those who like loud music to consider.
Posted @ Friday, March 14, 2014 11:42 AM by Debbie
So you think you are being picked on because it is ok to make public your polical views or religious views by using a loud stereo to do so but not ok to express yourself with loud music that others may or may not like because after all only your concerns are important and others are not. If others don't like what you're listening to then it doesn't matter. Well I think I am being picked on because I can't just come and beat the shit out of you when all I am doing is expressing my anger. We should all look at it this way. You care that I don't want to hear the boom boom noise as you drive by and I care that you would prefer I don't boom boom your head on the pavement and we can all get along but if you think that you're more important than me than I too will share that opinion and things will go from civilized to uncivilized. Your choice?
Posted @ Tuesday, April 08, 2014 1:28 AM by William Earl
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