Train horns necessary, Sala IV determines

That screeching, abrupt sound of a train’s horn is not about to be quieted anytime soon for those who work or live near the Central Valley’s train tracks. The Sala IV constitutional court rejected a proposal that would put limits on a conductor’s horn usage.

A veterinarian who works near a section of the tracks filed the appeal, claiming that the loud noise harms the hearing and health of those nearby. Judges ultimately ruled the horns as a necessary evil that do not violate the rights of citizens. They added that the horns are needed for safety reasons to signal a train’s approach, as good portions of the tracks run through and along streets with heavy traffic and without gates.

Similar appeals have been presented before the constitutional court but have also been rejected to uphold safety procedures.

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