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"Honking your horn cannot magically clear a traffic jam": Qatar issues guide for motorists

The online guide warns that car horns are not a means of communication

"Honking your horn cannot magically clear a traffic jam": Qatar issues guide for motorists

Motorists should not use their car horns as a means of communication to vent their frustration or to say hello to fellow drivers or pedestrians, according to a new guide issued by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior.

This week, the ministry issued the following guide on its official Facebook webpage in a post labelled ‘Car horn is not a means of communication’.

The guide included the following recommendations and instructions to motorists:

- Don’t use your horn to express your frustration at another motorist.

- Horn is not a way to say “hello” as you drive past your friends.

- Honking your horn cannot magically clear a traffic jam.

- Horn is not meant for getting the attention of a grocer to complete your grocery shopping while you are in the car.

- Horns are not meant of normal communications. Honking the horns shall be restricted only in extremely necessary condition.

- Honk your horn to avoid imminent traffic accidents as a result of sudden braking or turning of vehicle or obstructing traffic flow badly violating traffic rules.

- As well it can be used to alert pedestrians crossing the road endangering his safety as well as the motorists. Sometimes horns may be necessary outside the city to avoid collision with animals crossing or standing in the road.

- Let’s together follow proper etiquette of honking horns.

Traffic Law No. 19/2007 has set in place rules regarding use of horns and it specially prohibit honking nearby hospital, schools and other places of public importance.

The ministry is publicising the road safety campaign through the hashtag #Rasek_Salem.