Letter to the Editor: Honk and crash

Editor:

Carrie Farrera (“Honk your horn, damn it!” Feb. 15) advocates using your horn more in Utah. I agree people should use their horn more. However, it should be part of a defensive driving attitude and not considered a tool to let someone know you think they are stupid.

According to Ferrera, in Massachusetts you are required to use your horn to get a license. In Utah, we are taught to use the horn, though it is not a requirement.

I have to wonder if Massachusetts drivers have a higher accident rate because they are busy honking their horn instead of driving defensively. The Massachusetts accident rate in 2003 was 7.33 per 100 vehicles vs. 3.68 per 100 for Utah (www.ircweb.org).

So, by all means, “Honk your horn, damn it!” and get into an accident.

Jim Parry

Graduate Student,

Nuclear Engineering