Tacoma Urbanist

Aug. 22, 2009 at 12:31am

DOT Report: Tacoma Could Reduce Traffic Congestion By Honking


Kevin Freitas has recently discussed the traffic calming measures being implemented in Tacoma to encourage biking and increase the quality of life in neighborhoods on 21st street.

Critics of traffic calming have objected that it may slow down commuters seeking to drive quickly through the North End.

Yet, the Department of Transportation has reported that the simply act of honking will relieve 90 percent of traffic congestion as congestion is primarily caused by lack of communication between vehicles on the road:

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by fredo on 8/22/2009 @ 6:34am
Suggestive hand gestures also good.

by tacoma1 on 8/22/2009 @ 6:53am
I can't honk while driving, I'm already using both hands to text.

by jenyum on 8/22/2009 @ 8:23am
I tried to honk the other day (for a valid reason) and couldn't quite figure out how to hit the horn just right.

I wondered how many NW drivers have the same problem, and I've been taking note lately of strangled, honk-like sounds coming from flustered polite northwestern cars.

It used to be customary in the NY/NJ area to just honk continually in a traffic jam, for no apparent reason, until traffic cleared up.

by morgan on 8/22/2009 @ 8:30am
Wow! The Onion has really stepped up its reporting. Way to go!

Makes me wonder where my horn is...

by Erik on 8/22/2009 @ 8:44am
Let's face it: NW drivers are just not that good at honking.

I found the graphical presentation very persuasive.

by L.S.Erhardt on 8/22/2009 @ 9:47am
I had to honk the other day... seems the horn in my truck has gotten rusty or something. Instead of a clear "HONK!", I got more of a "hhhhhhhhhwAaAaAnnkkkkk" sound.
I guess if you don't use it, you lose it.