In an effort to remove sign clutter from city streets, the Department of Transportation recently announced their plans to remove the all too familiar “Don’t Honk” signs, introduced during the Ed Koch mayoral administration.
Though the offense will still carry a $350 fine, it is rare that a police officer will pull you over, solely for squawking at the car in front of you. They handed out just 206 tickets for the offense last year.
But will the absence of these signs cause any real problems?
The DOT says noise complaints from the offense have gone down 63 percent since 2008, but what will happen without?
In a time when road rage is a daily occurrence on busy city streets, there is little that can stop the often-enraged city driver from lane blocking, tailgating and flashing headlights to prove their point.
But maybe without the signs, people who do not know the law may instigate just a little bit more often than they did before.
It is likelier, however, that removing these signs may just result in a higher volume of honks and the number of tickets, and revenue generating for the city.
At the end of the busy work day, drivers should realize that car horns don’t make the traffic move any faster, and maybe just a couple extra seconds waiting at a light can actually create a relaxing sensation.
Okay, maybe that isn’t really the best way to look at it, but if not to avoid any possible backlash from whatever may be brewing in the car in front of you, do it for your own sanity.
And if not for that, do it to avoid an overpriced honking ticket.