Silence the Horns North America
Silence the Horns North America is a program that seeks to eliminate the use of horn sounds for non-emergency vehicle alerts, such as locking of doors and remote start. Horn-based signaling is used in half of all cars sold in the US and Canada. While some brands switched to a quieter, non-startling electronic tone, those that originally used a horn sound are still on the road, in some cases for decades, as they really were "built to last." Read more.
Silence the Horns New York City
Silence the Horns New York City is a program advocating for a legal framework that combines education, enforcement, and technology to reduce chronic illegal horn use throughout New York City. Silence the Horns NYC seeks laws and language that recognize non-emergency horn use as a form of aggressive driving, rather than as an inevitable aspect of city life that must be endured, and seeks recognition of all forms of aggressive driving as a problem to be addressed holistically rather than in silos.

Silence the Horns NYC also advocates for replacing the practice of using 311 service requests ("noise complaints") as the only means of measuring neighborhood noise levels. NYC311 noise complaints reflect complaint behavior - the likelihood of people to feel comfortable with reporting to 311 about noise. Many New Yorkers have stopped calling 311 about chronic, unceasing horn honking because we are told that enforcement will not happen without a task force, or that enforcement is not carried out because of difficulty proving in court that a given driver actually honked the horn. Other people have just given up, signs were taken down, and influential entities like the New York Times tell us that reducing horn honking is a "lost cause" - that "tolerance has risen" and that "you get used to it" (based on an interview with a tourist who is not forced to live with it beyond her travels). We disagree with those theories.

More robust noise data could be measured using multiple means, including surveys, calls for comments, town halls, listening sessions, and discussion at NYPD community council and Build the Block meetings and community board meetings. Read more.