Woman Proactively Honks Horn in Roundabout

Ms. David's 1999 Forest Green Jeep Cherokee Sport
Ms. David’s 1999 Forest Green Jeep Cherokee Sport

Grass Valley, CA — An area woman admitted on Thursday that she honks her horn as she travels around Grass Valley’s Roundabout in her 1999 forest green Cherokee Sport to warn other drivers not to enter in front of her.

“I just toot my horn as I drive around,” said Jenny Davids from her Brighton Street home, “and I let other drivers know that I’m coming around and not to get in front of me.”

Roundabouts, or circular junctions, are a type of circular intersection or junction where road traffic flows almost continuously in one direction around a central island. Under many traffic conditions, a roundabout operates with less delay than signalized or all-way stop approaches. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, honking one’s horn should only occur:

  • When necessary, to avoid collisions.
  • To try to get “eye contact” with other drivers. You may tap your horn to alert another driver who might turn in front of you and cause a collision.
  • On narrow mountain roads, where you cannot see at least 200 feet ahead of your vehicle.

According to sources at the scene, Ms. Davids seemed to grip her steering wheel tightly and was leaning into it as she made her way from the Main Street egress to the Main Street ingress Thursday. Witnesses said she appeared to be very anxious.

Mary Shilling of Penn Valley
Mary Shilling of Penn Valley

I was just sitting there waiting for my turn on Idaho-Maryland [road],” said Shep “the Ship” Walkins from his North San Juan home, “when this lady comes driving around and starts honking at me for no good reason. This is another reason I don’t like coming down to the city.”

Not everyone disagreed with Ms. Davids proactive and arguably illegal horn tactics. Some celebrated them.

“I do not like this circle traffic thing they have in Grass Valley,” said an angry Ms. Shilling. “They seem disorderly and people drive too fast around them.”

Friends of Ms. Davids, speaking anonymously, said that she also “proactively” honks her horn when driving on our rural highways to, in her words, “warn the deer that she is coming to avoid hitting them.”

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you kno that round-about pisses me off so much, I am so happy the Dorsey drive overpass was finanlly done! (it was designed in 2002 btw) Peeps don’t know how to use a round-about 1. first of all the SPEED LIMIT is 15mph!! For everyone! Even you, mr. white pickup with over sized tires! And you! Ms Black Honda 2. second – do not stop when entering the round-about! Those who stop are taken advantage of by all the hot-doggers trying to zoom round at 25mph!! Just nose your car out slowly and keep rolling… Whatever you do, keep rolling.… Read more »