Train horns are fast becoming more popular with not only collectors, but with people who want to make a bold statement when driving their automobile. Most people have wished they owned one when driving behind a person going 20mph in a thirty-five zone, or when someone cuts them off. While train horns are a superb way to get someone’s attention, the issue is that this is not their intended purpose.
Train horns were not made for sale to the general public. They were created for signaling drivers when a train is coming, especially if there isn’t a signal controlled crossing. As well as stopping sings on railroad tracks, a train’s horn can help prevent accidents and deaths. The train’s conductor is the person responsible for sounding the train horn every time they approach a crossing. They also blast their horn as a signal when nearing a train depot.
In 2007, it was noted by the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Safety Analysis that 13,067 accidents occurred for just that year which involved pedestrians, or automobiles and trains. From this figure, there were over 8,800 injuries, and 851 deaths. 473 of the deaths happened because of trespassing and 338 happened at railroad crossings. From the accidents that caused injury, only 398 of them were because someone was trespassing, but an astonishing 1,031 happened at crossings. In the USA, an accident involving a railroad happens every two hours. These figures, while surprising, could be much worse if it were not for train horns.
It is very easy for most people to purchase a train horn. There are many websites on the internet that offer them, and the costs for some of these horns are dear, with some prices going well into the thousands. Before you dash out to buy yourself the biggest and baddest horn available, you should know a few things. Know that in many areas there are some noise laws that you must adhere to and if you own a horn that is above a particular decibel level, then you can get a ticket. The precise noise level will depend on the area you live in, so it is a good idea to check first before making your purchase.
You definitely do not want to be like the person you are trying to aggravate with your train horn, and so you should not use it ever at a railroad crossing. If you do this you may surprise the wrong individual who may think there is a train on the way and may cause an accident. Furthermore, you can be fined for obstruction of traffic or even impersonating a train signal. Such actions can bring about large fines and the authorities may even take away your horn.
You should always use your train horn responsibly, and never sound it just because. You need to try to avoid using it in residential neighborhoods, it could actually break a window in someone’s home.