Original source: Florida Statutes online (2002)
Title XLVI - CRIMES
Chapter 843 - Obstructing Justice
843.16 Unlawful to install radio equipment using assigned frequency of State or law enforcement officers; definitions; exceptions; penalties.-- (1) No person, firm, or corporation shall install in any motor vehicle or business establishment, except an emergency vehicle or crime watch vehicle as herein defined or a place established by municipal, county, state, or federal authority for governmental purposes, any frequency modulation radio receiving equipment so adjusted or tuned as to receive messages or signals on frequencies assigned by the Federal Communications Commission to police or law enforcement officers of any city or county of the state or to the state or any of its agencies. Provided, nothing herein shall be construed to affect any radio station licensed by the Federal Communications System or to affect any recognized newspaper or news publication engaged in covering the news on a full-time basis or any alarm system contractor certified pursuant to Part II of Chapter 489, Operating a Central Monitoring System. (2) As used in this section, the term: (a) "Emergency vehicle" shall specifically mean: 1. Any motor vehicle used by any law enforcement officer or employee of any city, any county, the state, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the Armed Forces of the United States while on official business; 2. Any fire department vehicle of any city or county of the state or any state fire department vehicle; 3. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of frequencies assigned to the state; 4. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the Sheriff of any county in the state when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of frequencies assigned to the said county; 5. Any motor vehicle designated as an emergency vehicle by the Chief of Police of any city in the state when said vehicle is to be assigned the use of frequencies assigned to the said city. (b) "Crime watch vehicle" means any motor vehicle used by any person participating in a citizen crime watch or neighborhood watch program when such program and use are approved in writing by the appropriate Sheriff or Chief of Police where the vehicle will be used and the vehicle is assigned the use of frequencies assigned to the county or city. Such approval shall be renewed annually. (3) This section shall not apply to any holder of a valid amateur radio operator or station license issued by the Federal Communications Commission or to any recognized newspaper or news publication engaged in covering the news on a full-time basis or any alarm system contractor certified pursuant to Part II of Chapter 489, Operating a Central Monitoring System. (4) Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in § 775.082 or § 775.083. History.--§§ 1-4, ch. 26886, 1951; §§ 24, 35, ch. 69-106; § 1049, ch. 71-136; § 1, ch. 86-55; § 1, ch. 90-62.
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Last updated: December 16, 2002.
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