Thursday, October 29, 2009

Is Your Music Too Loud For Florida’s Roadways?

Moving Violation, Commercial Driver’s License, Florida Attorney, Florida Lawyer, Tampa Attorney, Tampa Defense Attorney, Traffic Tickets, Traffic ViolationsIn 2010, Florida’s legislators will be reviewing a proposed Bill, which would make driving with loud music a more severe crime and carrying harsher punishment. State Representative D. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) introduced House Bill 137 to the Florida House of Representatives in September. If passed, this Bill, would modify the current loud stereo statute by imposing double the fines and making the offense a moving violation. If cited 3 times for this offense, the House Bill 137 would impose 3 points against their license and a $180.00 fine. These points would increase auto insurance premiums for the cited individual.
As it currently stands, it is currently unlawful to drive past a church, school or hospital with a stereo "plainly audible" from 25 feet away or that is "louder than necessary for the convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle". Law enforcement and politicians are excluded from this law, since politicians often use loud sound devices for "political purposes".
While state law already imposes fines for loud stereos, many cities have already written their own civil ordinances imposing harsher laws and stringent punishment.