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Bill to turn down loud car stereos fails

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Updated: 4/26/2013 1:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A bill seeking to lower the boom on loud music blaring from car stereos didn't strike a chord with the Florida Senate.

The measure (SB 634) failed on a 19-19 vote Friday after senators offered their opinions about being subjected to window-rattling music at stop lights.

The bill would make it a violation to crank a car stereo so much that the music can be "plainly audible" from 25 feet or more. The violation would carry a $30 fine.

The bill's supporters say loud car stereos are a common complaint to police departments in Florida. They said excessively loud music poses a safety risk because motorists can't hear oncoming emergency vehicles.

Opponents said loud music is nothing more than an annoyance endured for a short time at a stop light.

Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis was shot and killed in a dispute over loud music at a Southside Gate gas station on Black Friday last year.  Michael Dunn faces murder and attempted murder charges in the shooting.
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