NYC Noise Code

NYC overhauled its noise code in 2007 and it’s been in effect since then. You can find it here.

In particular and most relevant to this blog:

“Horn Honking

The use of vehicle horns is not permitted except as a warning in situations of imminent danger.

SOUND ADVICE

HELP LIMIT THE UNNECESSARY NOISE IN THE ENVIRONMENT:

  • DON’T HONK YOUR HORN IF YOU ARE STUCK IN TRAFFIC
    Honking your horn is illegal, except in emergencies.”

SEE?? It’s there in the NYC Code! And yet, no one adheres to the code and the police don’t seem to be ticketing drivers–at least not in my neighborhood–for the offense.

Why isn’t this law enforced? As I type this the cacophony of truck and car horns blares outside my window and registered at 87db and 90db at its highest moments (and that’s registered from my apartment window. Imagine what it would be if I was on the sidewalk [which I will do shortly and post those results]).

Trucks (and cars) double park all along Ditmas Avenue disrupting the flow of traffic (why aren’t they ticketed??). Cars, buses and trucks honk because of these afformentioned double parkers, they honk at sanitation trucks, they honk at school buses, they honk because the light just turned green a millionth of a second ago and a driver hasn’t reacted quickly. The noise level varies, but lasts for hours at a time. Thirty seconds cannot go by without honking.

This is a residential neighborhood. This noise is ridiculous and beyond excessive.

#noisybrooklyn #NYPD66Pct #noise

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/epi/noise_code.pdf

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