Tallahassee, Florida - Your parents may have told you to turn down your car stereo, but Florida Supreme Court justices say feel free to pump up the volume.
The court has struck down a state law that allowed police to ticket you for cranking up your car stereo too loud. The law banned motorists from playing music that could be heard at least 25 feet away.
Dan Brand of Audio Addictions in Tallahassee is glad the Supreme Court overturned the law for personal and professional reasons.
Personally, he says he's been slapped with about 25 tickets since the law went into effect in 2005. Brand says that's been frustrating but the tickets have not kept him from enjoying his car stereo the way he likes it.
"What lawmakers don't understand, regardless of the tickets, it's a hobby. It's a lifestyle. It's just what we're going to continue to do, no matter what," explained Brand. "Regardless of whether I got the tickets or not, I still did what I did and paid the tickets and kept on doing car audio."
Professionally, Brand says he expects the court's decision to boost his business.
"We're excited about it. It's probably going to boost our sales because there's a lot of people that hold back on actually purchasing anything loud due to violations- so in the overall grand scheme, it's great," said Brand. "All I can say is for people that are into car audio, have some respect for your neighbors and just play it where it's appropriate. There's no reason to ride through a neighborhood at three in the morning playing your stereo loud."
The law was challenged by two men in Pinellas County. The Supreme Court ruled the law was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment's right of freedom of expression.
Supporters of the law argued it helped improve road safety because loud car stereos could prevent motorists from hearing an emergency vehicle or approaching train.