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Playing loud music in your car is a crime: Italy’s top court

Italy’s Court of Cassation has ruled that playing music too loudly in your car is a crime.

Playing loud music in your car is a crime: Italy's top court
The man was convicted for playing music too loudly in his car. Photo: Elrik Solheim

The court said that a man from Sicily had “risked disturbing peoples’ sleep” when he was caught by police playing loud music in his car at night.

By the sound of it, he hadn’t just upped the volume up a notch or two when his favourite song came on.

The man clearly loved his music enough to invest in what was described as a “monster” car stereo, with three amplifiers capable of blasting music between 200 and 1500 watts.

But he could not believe his ears when he was pulled over by police as he drove along the streets in Messina one night and told he would be charged for the noise pollution.

The Court of Cassation upheld a November 2014 judgement by a court in Messina, telling the man to pay a €300 fine as well as €1,000 in legal costs, Studiocataldi.it reported, citing the court's ruling.

His stereo was also confiscated.

Although there were no complaints from residents in the area, the court said the man's behaviour risked disturbing peoples’ sleep.

He was convicted under Article 659 of Italy’s penal code, which governs noise pollution.

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DRUGS

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs

Damiano David, the frontman of Italy's Eurovision winners Maneskin, has passed a drug test he took on Monday to clear his name after speculation that he had snorted cocaine at the song contest's grand final.

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs
Damiano David of Maneskin performs at the Eurovision final. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A drug test was “voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU”, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Monday evening. 

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement, adding that it had checked all available video footage as part of “a thorough review of the facts”.

READ ALSO: Italian Eurovision winners ‘really offended’ by accusations of drug use

David, who was shown on camera leaning over a table backstage in what some speculated could be drug use, had strongly denied the allegations. 

He said the footage showed him sweeping up some glass broken by one of his bandmates.

Måneskin with their trophy after winning the final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Sander Koning / ANP / AFP

There had been calls for “total transparency” from officials in France, which came a close second in the song contest, after the clip went viral following Saturday’s final in the Netherlands.

The French minister for Europe said that drug use should be grounds for disqualification, though the head of France’s public broadcasting group said they did not plan to challenge the result.

David told interviewers he was “really offended” by the speculation, which he said had marred Italy’s first Eurovision victory in 31 years.

“We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU said, adding that it was looking forward to “a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year”.

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