MANKATO (TEC News), October 10 – The Minnesota State Patrol is advising the public on the proper use of a vehicle horn. Sgt. Jaci Sticha says that each horn must be audible from a distance of no less than 200 feet as a warning signal to insure safe operation: Sticha – horn 1 : “Now-a-days we use them a number of other reasons. You want to get their attention and show how angry you are and that’s not appropriate.” : 08 seconds
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Question: I was on the freeway and a driver passing me, in the left lane, hit his horn and was laughing. The horn was loud, high-pitched, obnoxious and went on forever as he passed. Is this type of horn legal?
Answer: Our vehicle’s horn must not be unreasonably loud or harsh, nor can it be a whistle. I have heard some of these horns—thankfully, infrequently. They can be very startling and, therefore, dangerous and distracting. As motorists, we are all required to have horns in our vehicles. Each horn must be audible, under normal circumstances, from a distance of no less than 200 feet. We are to use our horn as a warning to insure safe operation and if a warning is not necessary, they should remain silent. Vehicles cannot be equipped with a siren, whistle, or bell unless authorized by statute–this primarily would refer to emergency vehicles. I recommend calling your local law enforcement agency to look into the situation if this is local and/or frequent in your community or neighborhood. Many times, such enthusiasts are not aware of the problems or the law.]]]]]]]]]]]]]