64 responses to Buggies off the road?

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    Buggies off the road? (March 18th, 2011 at 11:28)

    Hi Mona, buggy speed can vary but 6-8 mph, maybe 10 mph. And Amish don’t want gas prices to go up either :) Some of the businesses use a lot of diesel for instance.

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    sonofagun
    Buggies off the road? (March 18th, 2011 at 13:54)

    And look what the driver got off with:

    http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2010/dec/28/driver-pleads-guilty-crash-buggy/

    Unbelievable…and very sad.

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    Bob S.
    Buggies off the road? (March 18th, 2011 at 14:10)

    All buggies should be required to carry several pounds (or more!) of high explosives on the back of their buggy. Automobile drivers would soon learn to be a lot more cautious!

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      richard
      explosives on board! (December 1st, 2012 at 03:21)

      explosives on board!

      all buggies should just put a hazmat placard on their buggy that would get their attention. and under it a bumper sticker that reads i know where u live!!!! lol

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    concerned citizen
    Buggies off the road? (September 2nd, 2011 at 07:31)

    Cars need to slow down when they know there is Amish buggies in the area. Oh wait here is an idea. Drivers of vehicles are alert and aware of their surrounding, use common coutesy to others. The Amish has a right to their transportation as much as we are. That is their American right.

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    richard
    buggies off the road (December 1st, 2012 at 03:16)

    buggies off the road

    i was born and raised around the ashland, holmes county amish! i am english and i believe that if every motorist had to give up thier vehicles and use horse and buggy for one year they would quickly learn that nothing is worth rushing for or acting like idiots on the road. in my opinion the horse and buggy has the right to be there not the vehicles. people tend to complain about farmers on the roads with their tractors too. the way i see it everyone wants to point the finger until it happens to them!! and i for one am considering the idea of using horse drawn myself.

    buggies off the road

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    Maggie Austen
    Not just buggies to worry about (December 1st, 2012 at 09:04)

    Not just buggies to worry about

    Seems that folks want to keep saying “buggy awareness” but I grew up in a rural farming community and we rode bicycles or we walked; what about rounding a corner or cresting a hill to find large livestock in the road with a child or two trying to round them up? Or, a group of scholars walking to school. Or, like yesterday I came across two young boys pulling a wagon with a water trough strapped down with bungee cords – now that was distracting! Drivers just need to be less distracted and focus on their surroundings. I am not by any means overly cautious when driving. I have come upon SMV’s only to be startled right out of my seat. We are all preoccupied to some extent. Some of the distractions come in the form of the scenery we are enjoying – cows, stooks, or a barn raising. But for heaven’s sake – wake up drivers! On a major road you take the chance of being pulled over for fast driving, don’t take advantage of a country road to hone your grand prix skills. And with all that said – there are some irresponsible buggy drivers as well!

    Not just buggies to worry about

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      Dodgy horses (December 2nd, 2012 at 08:15)

      Dodgy horses

      Well said Maggie. Not the only obstacles on the road. I am a believer in good old fashioned defensive driving.

      To the point about buggy drivers I would just add that sometimes the horses are not always as road-worthy as their owners might like them to be. There are people on this site that know better than I that horses are different…and I do think you get what you pay for. Some animals are seen as “project horses” which require extra training for whatever reason to get them to road-worthiness (if they ever get there).

      On my last visit to PA a friend was trying to train a rather stubborn one in that was not as responsive as he should be to his commands. I don’t think it was the safest horse. Fortunately he had some relatively low-traffic backroads to work with. I wouldn’t feel too safe riding with that particular horse though.

      Dodgy horses

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    richard
    safe horses for the road (December 3rd, 2012 at 02:56)

    safe horses for the road

    you know i have seen amish trying to train a horse that just retired from racing to be an everyday buggy puller! its like use we wanna get somewhere faster we soup up our rides seems they are doing the same lol but in my experience the safest way to get a horse use to the roar of semis and vehicles going screaming by is find someone that has a section of land right next to a rather busy highway and let them get use to it before they are put out on the roadways.

    safe horses for the road

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    Douglas Franciose
    Amish buggies off the road (December 3rd, 2012 at 10:09)

    Amish buggies off the road

    My Wife and I just returned from a long weekend in Lancaster, PA. While there, I noticed that the Buggie Drivers pulled off as far to the right to allow cars and trucks to pass. If the English Drivers[US] gave the buggies the right of way they needed I don’t see where the trouble would come from. So rember you are in the Amish neck of the wood’s so take care and be careful of thr buggies

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    Linda
    Road hazards (September 3rd, 2014 at 06:56)

    Road hazards

    None of you mentioned the problem of visibility. I live in Mifflin County PA and have to drive 9 miles out Big Valley to visit my mother. Buggies are devilishly hard to see at night, especially as many of them have only 2 small reflectors and the required slow-moving-vehicle triangle! In the interest of safety, some now use battery-operated flashing red lights, an option I wish more Amish would adopt. There are back roads available for the Amish to travel, yet they travel Route 655, the main road, instead, creating a problem for construction vehicles, semis, log haulers, etc. I do NOT speed, text, or drive impaired or distracted, yet a nighttime drive in the valley is a real challenge, so please do not place the entire responsibility for mishaps on ‘English’ drivers.

    Road hazards

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      Will Chretien
      Buggies off the road? (September 3rd, 2014 at 09:08)

      I often drive through Big Valley going through Belleville on the 655 and sometimes traveling East or West Back Mountain Road through Barrville. I do notice the white buggies are harder to see because they do not use battery lights but I do notice the reflector tape pretty quickly. I have never had a problem seeing buggies at night. Never. Even with the black ones, the lights, triangles, and reflectors show up well. I also don’t drive above the limit, or impaired, or using a phone or whatever. When I’m out there on business, I like the peace & quiet.
      Interestingly enough, many of the log trucks, construction crew vehicles are in Big Valley BECAUSE of the Amish. There are a lot of sawmills, pallets shops, and kilns that are Amish owned and operated or depend heavily on Amish employees. It’s this very fact that takes me to many Amish communities on business. Check out the truck traffic on Green Lane, Barrville Rd., and East Back Mt. Rd. — it’s mostly back roads but heavily traveled by trucks buying & selling lumber related cargo to or from Amish owned businesses.
      So the Amish who live on 655 or visit friends or family, attend church or whatever, shop in the badly-in-need-of-business town of Belleville or got to the Belleville auction are supposed to avoid town? Sorry, but I find that attitude offensive. There is room on those roads for responsible drivers of both cultures.

      Buggies off the road?

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      Katherine
      Buggies off the road? (September 4th, 2014 at 08:14)

      I do Amish-hauling or taxi work and have for the past 16 years. I’m on all the roads in the Valley from Milroy to Allensville year round at all times of the day in all kinds of weather. I’ve been out in fog where it IS harder to see anything but I have not yet had any trouble spotting buggies on the road day or night. I mean, if you can’t see a bright yellow buggy with an orange SMV on the back and flashing red & orange lights, maybe you should not be out driving!
      The only accidents I’ve had were with a 17 yr. old “English” girl talking on her phone while driving and a small boy who drove his bike out in front of me. I drive carefully knowing I’m sharing my roads with me fellow-citizens in cars & trucks, buggies, driving big tractors and farm machinery, people jogging or walking, scooters & bikes, and more.
      The 655? Plenty of room for all of us who want to use it and drive responsibly. They (Amish) have been here since the 1700’s. I’m happy to share the road with them.

      Buggies off the road?

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      Donald F.
      Buggies off the road? (September 4th, 2014 at 09:32)

      Buggies off the road?

      My wife and I both drive the Valley roads every day. I drive a log-truck in the area and I don’t have a problem on the 655 day or night. What about the couple who was hit in broad daylight and killed on Sat.? They were hit by a lady who was texting while driving. Husband & wife killed leaving 12 kids behind. I see Amish on the 655 a lot. Kinda hard to do business around here and not go on it if you want the bank, doctor, grocery store, gas station or other businesses that depend on all of us here in the Valley to survive. Or should we just round em all up and put the Amish on a reservation? That would take care of the traffic “problem,” right? Duh!

      Buggies off the road?

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