Honking cabs

October 24, 2011 2:17:22 PM PDT
If you drive in New York City, you know - cabs and honking horns go together like... what? Burns and Allen, sugar and spice, fill-in-the-blank.

I encounter these driving dynamos every morning on the way to school. I get honked at when I'm not driving 50 miles an hour, even though Manhattan has a 30-mile-an-hour speed limit. And I get honked at when I stay perched before the crosswalk and intersection when the intersection ahead is jammed and there's nowhere to go except block the intersection.

As a passenger, I'm not shy about asking cabbies to cool it with their honking, just as I'm not shy about asking them not to block the box at intersections and to slow down when they top 40 miles an hour. "The speed limit is 30," I chastise. (Yes, I can be an obnoxious passenger.)

Now, I'm not the only one being snarky with these hacks. The Taxi and Limousine Commission today started sending messages to the taxicab Driver Information Monitors, telling them that authorities will start cracking down on cabbies who honk for any reason other than warning another car or person of imminent danger.

The fine is steep - $350, the same as on the signs that grace the streets of New York City, and at least twice the daily haul of most cab drivers.

I'm looking forward to the trip to my son's school tomorrow to see if the drivers are paying attention. We'll have the story and reaction, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, our Nina Pineda has the story of a woman who applied for credit, only to be turned down because, the brainiacs told her, she was ineligible. Because she was dead.

You can imagine the woman's response. Or - just think about the response of the brainiac who told her she was dead. Sounds funny, but of course it's quite serious. That's why the woman called Nina and for some identity CPR from 7 On Your Side.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports.

I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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