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It’s time for no blow zones in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley resident Sue Bonnett took a picture of this sign in Pendleton, Ore., and she's wondering why it's so difficult to get something similar put up in Spokane Valley? Bonnett and her husband Dennis Bonnett, have lived near the Park Road Crossing for 30 years, and she says when they initially moved in the trains were there but the horn blowing was nowhere near as frequent.

"Then Hillyard closed and the switch yard opened near Yardley and now the trains blow all day and night," Bonnett said.

Federal law requires trains to blow their horns at all public crossings, at all hours of the day. It's meant as a warning to people nearby that the train is approaching. Crews also use the horns to communicate with rail workers on or near the trains. No blow or quiet zones are established by the Federal Railroad Administration. Bonnett said she's pretty tired of the constant noise and suggested people along the rail line hang sheets with a simple message - "no horns please" - on the outside of the fences facing the railroad tracks.

"I bet lots of people support that idea," Bonnett said. 

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