Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

dudeone

Florida court affirms the right to loud music while driving

10 posts in this topic

The Florida Supreme Court has determined that blaring loud music from cars is allowed under the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the freedom of expression.

http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/florida-court-affirms-the-right-to-loud-music-while-driving

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Motorist Richard Catalano's five-year quest to crank up Justin Timberlake tunes on his way to work won the blessing of the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.

In a unanimous ruling, the state's highest court affirmed a pair of lower-court opinions that a 2007 state law prohibiting loud music while driving violated the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of expression.

Catalano received a $73 ticket in 2007 for violating the newly enacted law that prohibited motorists from playing music that is "plainly audible" 25 feet (7.6 meters) away. Motorists traveling by hospitals, schools and churches were subjected to even stricter standards.

Catalano, a Clearwater lawyer, challenged the law as subjective, arguing that determining whether music was too loud was in the ears of the beholder.

Further, the law provides listeners with fewer protections than drivers of vehicles emitting political or commercial speech, who have more explicit protections under the U.S. Constitution.

Calling the law overly broad, Justice Jorge Labarga wrote that noncommercial speech was also protected. Though rejecting the notion that the law was too vague, Labarga said the state showed no compelling interest in muzzling audiophiles who also prefer to feel their favorite music.

"The right to play music, including amplified music, in public fora is protected under the First Amendment," Labarga wrote.

A message left with Catalano was not immediately returned Thursday.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Another victory for Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar fans everywhere.

waynesworldbohemianrhapsody.jpg

The Florida Supreme Court has determined that blaring loud music from cars is allowed under the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the freedom of expression.

No way!!

Way!!

2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I can't believe someone cared enough to take this to court yet nobody is fighting for gun restrictions. Fricken Americans.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, now everyone can enjoy my musical selections!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, now idiots will continue to not yield to Emergency Vehicles, due to either the loud music, or just their immense stupidity and distractions from other things

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Awesome, now idiots will continue to not yield to Emergency Vehicles, due to either the loud music, or just their immense stupidity and distractions from other things

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thumbs down.

BTW, Is there a better way of announcing to the world that one is an insecure, low IQ, still tortured by puberty (whatever the actual age) soul.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.