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Court strikes down law against loud car stereos

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It's all part of sharing the road this day and age -- there's a good chance your daily commute could be interrupted by someone else's soundtrack.

The state of Florida once had a law against that kind of volume, and drivers could get a ticket if their volume was "plainly audible to 25 feet away."

But thanks to Justin Timberlake and Clearwater attorney Richard Catalano, that law was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court Wednesday.

"Yes, I'll never live it down. I was listening to a Justin Timberlake song," said Catalano back in February.

We told you Richard Catalano's story earlier this year. He was pulled over and ticketed for blasting his Timberlake too loud back in 2007.

He challenged that law and won.

"I'm delighted that the Supreme Court ruled the way it did," said Catalano.

Now, drivers across the state can play their music as loud as they want.

The ruling is getting mixed reviews.

"Good for them. Let everybody do what they want, if they want to go deaf it's on them," said Lauren Fago of Palm Beach Gardens.

"It's not really very smart, you can't hear ambulances, cops, anything while you're driving like that," said Daniel McEldowney of Pinellas County.

Jamal Williams knows all about the "bump" and the consequences.

"When I was younger I used to have crazy speakers in my car it was really loud, it was kinda obnoxious. I broke my mom's sliding glass door because my ‘12's' were vibrating so loud," Williams said.

He's mellowed as he's gotten older, but says he still likes to play it loud.

For his part, Catalano thought the law was unconstitutional and vague. It allowed commercial vehicles, like ice cream trucks, and vehicles playing political messages to get a pass.

He's happy the state's highest court ruled in his favor. Earlier this year he promised if he won he'd tell us what Justin Timberlake song he was listening to.

Thursday, he delivered on that promise.

"I always keep my word and it was the title cut to his album FutureSex/LoveSounds so now everyone can have a big laugh on me, but guess what I'm the one laughing today because I beat the state of Florida on it," said Catalano.

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