• New Zealand lawmaker wants drivers to stop honking tradition

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    Drivers in New Zealand are being asked to stop honking inside a certain tunnel.

    Drivers using the Mount Victoria tunnel in Wellington will have to kick their honking habit, if a city council member gets his way.

    Local lawmaker Councillor Chris Calvi-Freeman is lobbying to put a stop to the practice. 

    It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, and New Zealand media agencies report the honking started as a tribute to a young woman who was murdered nearby.


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    The council member says it really bothers pedestrians, skateboarders and cyclists who use the sidewalk through the tunnel.

    Local residents are divided on the noise-making.

    The New zealand Transport Agency is considering whether to add new signage to the tunnel to discourage motorists from using their horns.

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