CAIRO ISN'T EXACTLY A water-sprinkler-and-birdsong kind of town. The din from honking horns, screaming vendors, blaring loudspeakers and roaring buses can reach decibel levels in the high 80s--rock-concert levels. Now the Egyptian government is stepping up its antinoise campaign. Next month, the deafening horns popular on many trucks and buses will be banned, as will excessive nighttime honking. The penalty for violating the new law: a $150 fine and confiscation of the noisy horns. If that doesn't quiet Cairo drivers, the government has plans to send troops of school kids into the streets with antihonking signs to wave at horn abusers.
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