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NYC pulling down 'Don't Honk' signs

Published 29/01/2013 | 11:35

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New York City's 'Don't Honk' signs, which are largely ignored by drivers, are being taken down

New York City's "Don't Honk" signs are coming down, but it is still against the law to use a car horn unnecessarily.

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The city's Department of Transportation (DOT) has revealed all the signs will be removed by the end of the year.

According to the New York Times, city officials say the decision is part of an effort to de-clutter the streets of signs that are generally ignored.

Unnecessary honking carries a 350 US dollar (£223) fine but is rarely enforced.

The DOT says complaints about honking have declined by 63% since 2008.

But Gale Brewer, from New York City Council, said in a letter to the DOT: "I can't tell you how many requests I get for 'no honking' signs."

The signs were introduced during Mayor Ed Koch's administration.

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