Mumbai police have come up with a novel way to curb noise pollution and unnecessary hooting. Instead of handing out fines or adding points to the license of driver that hoot excessively, they simply make them wait even longer at red stop lights as a penalty for hooting too much.
They managed to do this by installing decibel meters onto traffic lights in the busiest intersections in the city. The idea behind placing decibel meters onto traffic lights is to track the amount of noise surrounding the light. If the decibel meter goes above 85 decibels, the traffic light rests and continues to stay red.
In a video tweet by the Mumbai Police, you can see that once the decibel registers noise levels of 85 decibels or more the robot resets back to 90 seconds. In theory, the Mumbai police believe this new system will teach motorists patience and stop them from hooting excessively. Watch the entire video below.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 31, 2020
This system won’t be in operation for the entire day, instead, it is used for 15 minutes a day at what police are calling important locations. It’s hard to imagine motorists taking to this system immediately, but after a week, or even months of being penalized for hooting too much, they could realise the more they hoot, the longer they wait.