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New York, NY - TLC Warns Cabs Against Abusive Honking

Published on: October 25, 2011 09:09 AM
By:  WABC NY
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New York, NY - New York is the city that never sleeps stops or stays silent.

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But in an effort to bring a quieter quality of life to New Yorkers, the Taxi and Limousine Commission today began warning cab drivers to stop leaning on their horns and to use them only for emergencies, not for moments of frustration nor to push traffic along.

But breaking honking habits may be easier said than done, even though honking is already illegal in the city for all drivers and comes with a $350 fine if caught.

The TLC will start enforcing that law more aggressively and is hoping that it will at least get drivers to turn down the volume of their honking.


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 Oct 25, 2011 at 09:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Same with 13th, 18th Avenues and Avenue J!!
Stop the unnecessary honking. It distracts drivers and pedestrians. it makes people take unnecessary risks while driving (to quiet that annoying person behind you).
Better to lose a second of your life than your life in a second.

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 09:52 AM ALLAN Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Same with 13th, 18th Avenues and Avenue J!!
Stop the unnecessary honking. It distracts drivers and pedestrians. it makes people take unnecessary risks while driving (to quiet that annoying person behind you).
Better to lose a second of your life than your life in a second.

Never take a risk just to quiet that annoying person behind you...they will just have to wait.

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 09:55 AM cookookajew Says:

How about eliminating the need for excessive honking by you know, improving traffic. The fines are simply a lazy solution to a growing problem.

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 12:34 PM ShmuelG Says:

I thought honking in NY was just a way of letting others know that you are still alive...

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 02:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Last summer, while visiting Flatbush, I was crossing Nostrand Avenue and Avenue L. I noticed a large flat bed tractor-trailor, which was hauling steel beams, waiting at that intersection. Evidenly, that driver became annoyed that he had to wait too long, for the traffic to proceed south on Nostrand Avenue. He had a large "fog horn" mounted on the top of his cab, which made a very loud, unpleasant, screeching like sound. He was very sadistical, as he kept honking that fog horn, much to the displeasure of pedestrians and other motorists. The decibel level was unbearable! Even a local shopkeeper came out of her store and shouted "unbelievable". Therefore, before NYC starts punishing taxicab drivers, the NYCPD should go after those (such as that crazy truck driver), who engage in abusive and harassive honking. According to the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law, the horn is only to be sounded to warn of danger, or for use in an emergency. It is not to be used for aggressive, or sadistical pleasures. The crackdown on this deviant behavior should have started decades ago!

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 03:19 PM shtill Says:

Long overdue. The notion that one may disturb the peace in any neighborhood because someone is blocking him arrogant and inconsiderate. If you have an issue with someone its between you and him. Not everyone has to suffer because you are being inconvenienced. I'm not even speaking about those times when the offending honker is totally wrong to begin with.

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 Oct 25, 2011 at 07:57 PM shtill Says:

Long overdue. The notion that one may disturb the peace in any neighborhood because someone is blocking him arrogant and inconsiderate. If you have an issue with someone its between you and him. Not everyone has to suffer because you are being inconvenienced. I'm not even speaking about those times when the offending honker is totally wrong to begin with.

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