Sarasota citizen files suit against noise ordinance
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03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Two Florida residents, represented by the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit challenging Sarasota’s noise ordinance. The law allows for police to seize and impound vehicles when drivers are charged with playing their music too loud. The lawsuit was filed in state court against the city of Sarasota and Police Chief Peter Abbott.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Mark Cannon, a resident of Sarasota, and Latrese Allen, a resident of Bradenton. Cannon was stopped for “loud music” and his vehicle was seized and impounded.

Allen was stopped while traveling on Martin Luther King Jr., the ACLU says, while singing along with a song written in memory of a deceased friend. The city later dropped the charges.

Several members of the public questioned the constitutionality of the law when it was approved by Sarasota City Commissioners last May.

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NOISE OFF

It shouldn't matter whether the song had 'emotional attachments', LOUD MUSIC is LOUD MUSIC. It is sad to see Sarasota cave in on this law suit, especially since we are trying to get tougher on the "boomers" here in St Petersburg and surrounding Pinellas County.

Impounding the car?

Everyone voted for this ordinance only to be percieved as "tough on crime". Unless you have a db meter in action it is all subjective. How would you like to get a ticket because the police said it appeared that you were going 55 in a 25 zone? Unless you can get imperical evidence, like a reading from a properly calibrated meter of some sort you should not even be charged or ticketed without a warning of some sort. Impounding the vehicle is just having the cops act as judge, jury, and executioner... At least temporarily, until the "offender gets to challenge it.

I ONLY HAVE ONE SPEAKER THAT WORKS IN MY CAR.

WELL IT DO MATTER BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE ONE SPEAKER IN MY CAR THAT WORKS. MY CXAR DID NOT HAVE ANY SPEAKER PUT IN IT. IT IS THE SAME SPEAKERS THAT COME WITH RHE CAR WHEN YOU BUY IT. MY CAR IS A 2000 INTRIGE OLS. THE POLICE THAT PULLED ME DO NOT LIKE ME SO HE DECIDED TO WRITE A TICKET FOR MY ONE SPEAKER. BEFORE YOU GET ON HERE TOCOMMENT YOU NEED TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY. I ONLY HAVE ONE SPEAKER YOU CAN COME SEE FOR YOUR SELF IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE IT. BYE NOW!

I MEANT CAR AND THE

I SPELLED (CAR) AND (THE)WRONG, FOR WRITING SO FAST, BUT I JUST CAME BACK TO CORRECT IT BEFORE SOMEONE SAYS I CAN NOT SPELL!