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January 29, 2013

NYC pulling down 'Don't Honk' signs

NEW YORK —  

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

The city Department of Transportation says all the signs will be removed by the end of the year.

According to The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/117Avza ), city officials say the decision is part of an effort to de-clutter the streets of signs that generally go ignored.

Unnecessary honking carries a $350 fine but is rarely enforced.

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

But City Councilwoman Gale Brewer 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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