14 responses to KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish?
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 16th, 2012 at 08:48)

    Erik it sounds to me like they both may be close to a compromise of sorts on this issue, and since I’m a big safety type of guy i say lets try the reflective tape on those Amish buggies and see if its effective enough. I’m not sure what the accident rate is in that particular Amish community, but the tape sounds better than having nothing at all. But sometimes in my mind general safety for all must trump religious belief sometimes, but i do believe in trying to meet someone half way on some issue’s, and for me this is one of those sometimes! Richard

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    Comment on KY Legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish (January 16th, 2012 at 09:23)

    KY Legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish

    Am glad someone is considering a compromise; The Amish deserve that much. While in Pennsylvania, I saw some buggies with the silver reflective tapes, and it actually helped in seeing the buggy, as you came upon them, in the roads. Some also had the triangles, too, and some were using both. The fact of the matter is, we all share the road, and takes little effort to slow down, when we see a slow moving vehicle, whether it be a bicycle, horse/buggy, slow moving car, or even someone riding in their “scooter chair” (like we see in FLorida!), but they all are doing the best they can, to try to stay over, if there is room on the shoulder of the road. If not, then slow up and quit getting your blood pressure up!

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    Comment on Enhanced road safety instruction? (January 16th, 2012 at 10:01)

    Enhanced road safety instruction?

    When I got my driver’s license, I remember the actual road safety instruction part being minimal at best. I wonder if greater emphasis on that would help.

    I got my license in urban/suburban Raleigh, NC, but it seems like it would make more sense in rural DMVs/licensing centers.

    That said I am skeptical that extra instruction would have much influence on fast driver types.

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    Comment on Swartzentruber Amish (January 16th, 2012 at 10:13)

    Swartzentruber Amish

    I hope that Kentucky changes the law to allow silver or white reflective tape on buggies to replace the triangle. And then I hope that it serves as a legal precedence for other places. Yes, people who live around here are aware that there are buggies on the road but the state highway (speed limit 55) that runs through here connects the New York State Thruway and the Adirondack Park where half the traffic is just passing through.

    P.S. If enough Amish lived in a certain area, could they get the speed limit changed to 30 mph?

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    Wm Justice
    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 16th, 2012 at 10:45)

    The Mississippi legislature made a provision in the law (Miss. Code Ann. § 63-7-99), I believe in 1999, to allow slow moving vehicles to use “high intensity reflectorized tape.” It is my understanding that this was specifically enacted to prevent the Swartzentruber Amish in Randolph from being arrested.

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    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 16th, 2012 at 11:00)

    I am glad that this change to the law is being proposed. I really truly hope it passes, and as others have said that it presents a precedent to other states.

    Thank you KY legislatures.

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    Comment on The bottom line (January 16th, 2012 at 14:07)

    The bottom line

    I’m glad the KY legislators are revisiting this issue. Call me goofy but doesn’t it seem that if the triangular SMV sign is an absolutely necessary form of safety requirement, wouldn’t it be reasonable that those who are pushing for enforcement of that particular form of warning have a responsibility to provide conclusive statistical data supporting their position? They could easily enough review the data (over the past 5 years or so) of incidents involving slow moving farm equipment and buggies, determine with and without the the bright orange triangular signs to determine which were more frequently struck from behind.

    Perhaps all legislators ought to revisit the penalties for those driving at excessive speeds through posted SMV areas.

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    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 16th, 2012 at 15:34)

    I think some type of reflective sign/tape and/or lights is essential for SMVs at night. During the daytime, the problem is, I think, motorists drive too fast and misjudge the speed of the buggy and are on top of it before they realize it. That then is an educational or enforcement issue. I don’t have a buggy, but I have had similar experiences with my tractor on the paved road. People not used to SMV don’t understand how slowly they move. Now personally, I think that if a person doesn’t notice a big bright green John Deere, he probably won’t notice the SMV triangle, but I keep it one there because it’s the law… I hope they can come up with a reaonable compromise in Ky, that will keep all parties involved safe and allow the Swartzentrubers to stay within the State law and the trachings of their particular group.

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    Marcus Yoder
    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 16th, 2012 at 18:49)

    A man hit my trailer while parked,his wife thought that since i did’nt have an orange cone it was my fault. My trailer is bright red. I told her if you can’t see the red trailer,how would see the orange cone? Marcus Yoder

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      Comment on Too logical ... (January 19th, 2012 at 04:44)

      Too logical ...

      There you go being all logical again Marcus!!! (Insert smiley face here)

      It is amazing the things people will come up with to rationalize their actions when they know they are wrong. Just curious; how did the lady respond to your question?

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    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 17th, 2012 at 18:31)


    this is a link to the bill that can change the law to allow reflective tape instead of a orange triangle. You can follow this bill from the link i believe, as updates should be listed on the status.

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    Comment on KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish? (January 17th, 2012 at 18:38)


    Thank you for the link. I have it saved a favorite and will follow along!

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    Comment on Update (January 25th, 2012 at 13:00)


    You are welcome Lance. I noticed this morning the Lexington Herald Leader, which is the main newspaper for Lexington KY, has a update on the law, apparently law makers discussed the bill yesterday, here is a link.


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