State of Florida Mobile Scanner Law


Source:
FLORIDA STATUTES (1995) -
Title 46, CRIMES; Ch. 843, OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE; § 843.16

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 munincipal,
     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 Commission
     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 s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Updated October 9, 1995

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Transcriber: Todd L. Sherman (afn09444@afn.org)