Oh, "Don't Honk" signs, we hardly knew ye. After first moving to the city of New York at the behest of then-Mayor Ed Koch, the signs are packing up their bags and returning to whence they came. They weren't even 30 years old.
We've known that nobody actually listens to "Don't Honk" signs for some time, and apparently the DOT has now decided to do something about it. According to the Times the Department has been slowly removing all of the essentially useless signage from the city (the better to declutter the streets), with the last expected to come down by the end of the year. But this is New York, so not everyone is happy about this development.
Councilwoman Gale Brewer, for instance, tells the Times she gets a steady stream of requests for the signs on the Upper West Side (raise your hand if you are surprised) and has written the DOT commissioner about her distaste for the change. "The notion of taking down information when information is so hard to get in New York City is pretty bad.," she said.
But the DOT isn't particularly interested, it seems. Spokesman Seth Solomonow tells the paper of record that the agency is "not aware of any evidence that the signs have had any impact at locations where they’ve been installed." The other big problem with the signs? Unnecessary honking in the city is actually just flat out not kosher, but because of the signs some people think it is only verboten in those particular locations. This deals with that problem.
Soon you won't have to suffer from the mental disconnect of standing next to a "Don't Honk" sign as car after car honks their way down the road! Or are we the only ones who spend our weekends doing that?