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Loud Car Stereos to Become Illegal in One Florida County

It feels as if there is a constant back and forth between lawmakers and those of us who enjoy modifying our vehicles in one way or another. Whether it’s a performance modification or something like a sound system, it seems like the law likes to creep in and prevent enthusiasts from doing their thing. Sometimes it’s for the better but other times the legislation seems to cross the line between productive and ridiculous.

This time, the Manatee County Sherriff’s Office made an announcement that’s going to impact those who like to play their music loudly and modify their sound systems.

According to the 2021 Florida statute, it will now be unlawful for any person in a motor vehicle to operator amplify the sound produced by their radio so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet from the vehicle. It also prevents audio to be played “Louder than necessary for the convenient hearing by persons inside the vehicle in areas adjoining churches, schools, or hospitals.”

It seems as if statues like this always provide a bit of a gray area. At the end of the day, we aren’t really sure who is determining what is “louder than necessary” or “plainly audible.” As some commenters point out, the law almost seems unenforceable in most cases.

Down in the Facebook post below, the sheriff’s office posted about the legislation, warning Florida residents that the law is in place in the county. The post went rather viral, receiving over 2000 shares in just a single day. Commenters seem to implore law enforcement to worry about issues that they see as a bit more pressing than stereo volume.

TRAFFIC TIP: You may have heard there’s a new law in Florida that governs the volume of music coming from your vehicle….

Posted by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, June 28, 2022

 

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