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How many times have you been driving peacefully – albeit very slowly – around the island only to be interrupted by some out-of-towner who thinks you want to enjoy the music he’s blasting from his bass-blaring pick-up truck? As of today, that’s against the law…

A new Florida law that kicks in today makes it unlawful for any vehicle to have their music cranked up so loud it can be heard 25 feet away. Not 20 feet or 24 feet, 25 feet away.

The new law states “It is unlawful for any person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street or highway to operate or amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical soundmaking device or instrument from within the motor vehicle so that the sound is: Plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the motor vehicle; or louder than necessary for the convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle in areas adjoining churches, schools, or hospitals.”

Currently there is no device law enforcement can use to determine how loud a car radio is playing. Aside from that, there is no specific decibel level in the law which makes it totally subjective.

Can you imagine the wasted time on court on this law. ‘Officer, were you exactly 25 feet from the vehicle when you heard Motley Crue from across the street? Are you 100 percent sure it was coming from that Pink Cadillac you cited? If Whitney Houston was playing, would you have written that ticket?’

Mark this one down as another unenforceable law on the books in the state of Florida.

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