New York City loses war against 'ignored, rarely enforced' 'Don't Honk' signs
New York, Jan 30 : New York's Department of Transportation has announced that it was bowing to reality and taking down its rarely enforced "Don't Honk" signs.
Officials said they are making the move to help remove clutter from the streets and that all the signs should be gone by the end of the year.
The law against unnecessary honking, however, will remain on the books and continue to carry a 350 dollars fine, the New York Daily News said.
City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who represents the noisy upper West Side, however, thinks that these signs make a difference and wants them to stay.
Brewer conceded the signs are often ignored, "but people are sensitive to noise and when somebody is honking unnecessarily, they want something they can point to that says this is illegal and there's a big fine."
According to the paper, the signs were introduced during the administration of a mayor who was famous for tooting his own horn, Ed Koch.
DOT statistics show that the signs have made a difference, just since 2008, the number of complaints about excessive honking have declined 63 percent, the paper added.