7 responses to Amish child buggy drivers: Indiana lawmakers’ response
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    Ruth
    Comment on Amish Drivers (May 2nd, 2012 at 08:19)

    Amish Drivers

    This reporter wants to blame the Amish for not following the rules of the highway, but if you watched this news clip all the way through you will see that a silver colored car was following so closely behind an Amish buggy that when they passed it they went all the way to the left shoulder of the road. I will add the this car passed that buggy near the crest of a hill where the Solid yellow line was in his lane. Now tell me, who is not following the rules of the highway?

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    Charles Oliver
    Comment on News video (May 2nd, 2012 at 10:44)

    News video

    I agree. It seems like all the camera angles are staged to make it look like the amish children are in constant peril. They always have a big truck flying by really close to the camera. They never show them trotting peacefully down a quiet highway.

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    Tom
    Comment on Amish child buggy drivers: Indiana lawmakers’ response (May 2nd, 2012 at 11:38)

    Without any sort of statistics showing that younger drivers deviate the mean by a higher rate of incidents, I see no way of making any sort of judgment or any grounds to why the law should be changed. Roads are a dangerous place for all people, and I think if we all pay better attention while we are driving and utilize better decision making then accident rates could be lowered. And by all I mean Amish and non Amish.

    I agree with the assessment on the journalism, as it appears to have biases related to the conclusion the reporter wants the viewer to reach. But it is my opinion that true journalistic standards have eroded in this country, or perhaps they never really existed to begin with.

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    Ed
    Comment on Amish child buggy drivers: Indiana lawmakers’ response (May 2nd, 2012 at 17:27)

    I agree; if we’re going to even think about changing any law, we need statistics and hard facts. At this point the whole issue seems to be much ado over nothing. Next week hopefully the news station will have found some other unusual situation to fret over.

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Amish child buggy drivers: Indiana lawmakers’ response (May 2nd, 2012 at 19:45)

    Thanks for posting the part 2 segment.

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    Comment on Amish child buggy drivers: Indiana lawmakers’ response (May 2nd, 2012 at 20:13)

    I think that there needs to be much research done on this. If we are talking about maturity I would have to say that there are many English youth at 16 that probably not as mature/responsible/road worthy as many of these Amish children of 10-12. These kids are taught and earn the right to drive where by the English 16yr has the given right to drive so long as they get their permit.
    I am inclined to say that many times there are excuses made as to why buggies are hit from behind for example…well the sun was in their eyes…that said they would have run in to the back of a car? Ran a child over? etc etc etc but the English are quick to say it is because it was a buggy and or a child buggy driver. I think EVERYONE English and Amish need to be more careful while travelling on the roadways!

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    I was a child who drove a cart on the road - and lived to tell about it!

    When I was a child I used to drive a pony cart on a highway that was travelled by cattle trucks, hay trucks, and all sorts of vehicles and farm equipment.

    I guess it was a good thing that I lived in the Yakima Valley in Washington, and wasn’t Amish because no one ever tried to claim I was a road hazard.

    If you’ve grown up with equines, and have learned to handle them, it is no big deal to take out a cart or buggy when you’re a kid. It is no more risky than having children riding bicycles on the roads, which they do in every state in the union.

    This just sounds like more lawmakers trying to look like they are doing something useful by micromanaging and interfering with everyone else’s life.

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