Horn not okay, please! Mumbai cops anti-honking video goes viral, gets loud cheer by netizens
Mumbai, Feb 01: Mumbai police on Friday released a video of a novel experiment it conducted in some parts of the metropolis in November 2019 under which traffic signals were configured to stay red for longer if incessant honking there caused the decibels levels to shoot up beyond a limit.
The video was uploaded by Mumbai police's official Twitter handle. The video 275.8 thousand hits, 21.4 thousand likes and 8.9 thousand re-tweets in the first 12 hours with several netizens praising the initiative for sending the message across "loud and clear".
The plan was to convey a message 'feel free to honk if you don't mind waiting', and, as part of it, decibel meters were placed at CSMT, Marine Drive and Pedder Road in south Mumbai, Hindmata in central Mumbai and Bandra in the western suburbs, an official said.
"As per the arrangement, if due to the honking the din levels crossed 85 decibels, then the signal would reset and stay red for a longer time. This effectively meant that honking would actually delay you rather than speed up your commute," he said.
"This social experiment was carried out in November. We will wait for feedback on the video and the initiative and then decide if it can be implemented as a regular feature at traffic signals," he said.
Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has 36 lakh vehicles and several of its traffic junctions have noise levels way above 85 decibels, which is considered a health hazard and can lead to hearing loss.