Monday, November 7, 2011

$350 Per Honk

For those of us who have been to New York City, we know the sound of the traffic and horns is loud enough to keep you awake at night. It's almost unbearable. Most of this noise isn't coming from just any normal car. The ones to blame are taxi drivers. The law in New York, for years, has been that it is illegal to use any "claxon" on a motor vehicle except in an emergency or a car alarm. The fine for unnecessary use of a horn is $350 a beep. The problem is very few, if any, tickets are given out for this. The taxi commissioner of New York, David Yassky, recently sent out a text to New York's 13,000 taxi drivers asking them to only honk in an emergency. But, the taxi drivers were unimpressed. The only way to solve this problem might be to start giving out tickets.

The author of this article, Andrew Rosenthal, believes the state should start giving out more tickets to solve this issue. He implies that unnecessary horn honking is very dangerous, especially when people are using their horns instead of their brakes. Rosenthal says at the end of the editorial, "Mr. Yassky is right to remind his drivers of why they have a horn in the first place. They should listen. So should the rest of the drivers out there." This proves that Rosenthal believes there's a problem and it needs to be fixed.

Click here to view the editorial


  1. I would never want to live in the city, it just seems way too crowded.

  2. I think someone else blogged about this too. How would the police have any idea who is honking at the right time and who is honking at the wrong time? There are too many people honking!

  3. My one trip to the Big Apple was filled with excessive honking, lights shining in the middle of the night, and lots of smokers! I think it is a good idea for the state to start enforcing the fines. Taxi drivers are only bullying each other and other drivers with their honking.

  4. My one trip to the Big Apple led to me almost getting killed crossing the street, several times. Pedestrians do NOT have the right of way in that city.