Noise Pollution has been a general problem of the society. From the irritable noise of the raging traffic to that caused by industrial facilities. Thus, laws were passed in order to minimize or regulate noise pollution. An examples of which is the Truck Air Horn Law.
A truck air horn is usually installed on a variety of vehicles which include semi-trailer trucks, trains and fire trucks. A truck air horn is an instrument used in order to forewarn other vehicles and people on the road that a truck is approaching. A truck air horn is likewise used in order to shoo wildlife from the highway. The sound that these devices produce is very loud that it can be used to give warning even from afar.
The sound that these truck air horns produce reaches about 80 to 90 decibles. In some research, it was proven that a 90 decible sound can cause deafness. However, it was also proven that a 90 decible noise can only cause said injury if the person is constantly exposed to the sound. Thus, laws were enacted to abate these noise in order to avoid from causing injuries to the public. Truck Air Horn Laws are not only applicable to truck air horns. The law equally applies to sirens installed in vehicles.
Truck Air Horn Laws have been implemented in most states in the country. Most of these statutes were passed in the 50’s until the late 70’s. The main purpose of the law is to ensure that truck air horns are not used for any other purpose except to give warning. Most of the Truck Air Horn Laws contain the same wordings since they have only been adopted by each state and incorporated as a state law.Particularly, these laws prohibit the use of truck air horns on the highway and limits the use of the device to express warning alone.
The act of blowing a car horn excessively or for purposes other than to give warning is considered as an act of “honking”. “Honking” is penalized by way of the issuance of a ticket and the imposition of a fine. In several states, the fine imposed by state laws ranges from $75 to $1000. In some states, “honking” somebody else’s truck air horn is punishable.
Truck air horn manufacturers and distributors were made aware of these laws. Thus, they give ample warning to purchasers of the product. These warnings include the penalties prescribed by law if truck air horns are used recklessly in the highway.