Extra loud air horns a new problem for Mid-South drivers

Published: Jul. 26, 2007 at 10:08 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2007 at 2:16 AM CDT
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Mid-South drivers have seen just about everything, but they can soon expect to hear something new.

Drivers are installing super-loud air horns in their cars.  Some horns are so loud, they sound like a freight train.

John Galbraith, owner of Cars & Trucks, Etc. says drivers are requesting them more and more.

"The biggest thing we're seeing is the really loud air horns," said Galbraith.

Chris Tribble said he got his horn not only for show, but to whip distracted drivers into line.

"You'll be driving down the road, people talking on their cell phone, not paying attention," said Tribble.  "When I honk my horn, they know.  They see me.  They hear me."

Ernie Barrasso's horn even plays the theme from "The Godfather."

"Kids absolutely love it," said Barrasso.  "They say 'here he comes!'"

His kids may love it, but drivers do not.

Doctors say the 152 decibel horn, which can be heard nearly two miles away, can injure your ear drums.

And while the horn serves as an extra loud alert, it can also make people a bit jumpy.

Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas allow train horn installations.  The law does say they are not allowed to emit unreasonably harsh sound.

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