Gov't says Canada needs a universal language of car horn honks

Canadians will by required by law to learn 54 horn commands as of next spring. (CP Images/Chris Young)

Canadians will by required by law to learn 54 horn commands as of next spring. (CP Images/Chris Young)

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In Canada, it is required by law that all motor vehicles have a horn. However, the message being communicated when someone honks their horn can vary greatly. From a friendly "hello" to an aggravated warning, the intention of a honk is not always clear.  

According to Bob Crisp from the Canadian Automobile Regulatory Commission, "For too long people have been honking their horns however they want, whenever they want."

He went on to say, "Two short honks followed by a long honk may mean one thing to one person but something entirely different to another. It's time we all start speaking the same horn language."

Pat Kelly spoke to Mr. Crisp to learn more about these new horn honk regulations.

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