I first heard of them during a KCAL9 news segment a couple weeks ago (video here), and in spite of how much sympathy I felt for the people they show being blasted by these horns, I have to say I laughed my ass off. That said, if it happened to me, it might easily send me into a violent spree against the offending vehicle. A unexpected horn can make me jump under normal circumstances, let alone by a horn with an estimated 152 decibels.
Of course, since seeing the news clip I’ve heard the horn being used outside on Franklin Ave. here, interrupting my tai-chi practice and tempting me to set up a machine gun nest on my roof.
And a final yes: Yes, installing and using a train horn on your car is illegal. California Vehicle Code prohibits horns that “emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound” (section 27000a), as is using a horn for any other reason besides insuring your safety or as part of a “theft alarm system” (section 27001a). Meaning even without a train horn, that asshole blasting his car horn to get his girlfriend to hurry up can be given a ticket.
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