7 responses to Maine Amish Children Given Safety Armbands
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Maine Amish Children Given Safety Armbands (October 20th, 2017 at 08:18)

    This is interesting information. I see that at least one family is from Swartzentruber affiliation. Is the whole community considered to be of the Swartzentruber affiliation?

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    Debbie H
    Comment on vests vs arm bands (October 20th, 2017 at 08:50)

    vests vs arm bands

    I cringed every time I saw the car approach the children. I think I would invest in a vest over an armband if my community allowed it. I was able to see the children in the vests pretty far back. I can’t imagine seeing children as quickly if they wore arm bands.

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    Comment on Maine Amish (October 20th, 2017 at 11:04)

    Maine Amish

    I live midway between the Unity/Thorndike and the Whitefield/Jefferson Amish communities. The Amish homes to my north are primarily in Thorndike, though the businesses that give visibility to Amish presence in the area are on 220 on the Unity side of the line. There are yellow buggy signs in both Jefferson and Whitefield. That community is too new to say with much certainly whether Amish businesses will choose to locate nearer Whitefield or Jefferson, but my guess is that Jefferson will attract them to open their businesses along Route 126 where summer traffic to the state park and Hidden Valley Nature Center provides greater visibility. Of course some of the Amish businesses in Thorndike, like my chainsaw dealer and a furniture maker, are located far from any busy highway, relying almost entirely on word of mouth and local Mainers providing directions to their door.

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    Comment on Slow it down (October 20th, 2017 at 14:28)

    Slow it down

    I was really surprised that it doesn’t seem as if the driver slowed downuch if any when they approached the kids on scooters.
    Had that been me, I would have come to a crawl.. children aren’t always the wisest when they’re on the road.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Yikes! (October 20th, 2017 at 17:40)


    I agree with Debbie! I know how unnerving it can be where I live, after dark, trying to see people riding bikes or walking on the road. The bigger the better (vests over armbands) for SURE! Were these kids out in the early morning, going to school? How far IS their school (assuming it’s their own Amish school, not a public school)? The less they have to be on the road in dim light is best for all. I can imagine how the Englisch residents feel, trying not to run over their new Amish neighbors!

    Good to know the state is concerned & that at least some of the Amish are accepting and using reflective devices.

    Alice Mary

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    Sandra Kathleen
    Comment on A flag would help even more (October 23rd, 2017 at 13:53)

    A flag would help even more

    It definitely helps to see those on the road with the safety vests. The one boy on a scooter who wore neither the band or the vest was nearly invisible — in fact you may have missed him (near the end of the clip). However, I think a tall wand with a reflector at its top might make them even more visible — it would wave like a flag and present more of a “distraction” that would alert drivers.

    This is an issue for ALL children (and adults), Amish or not, who travel on roads via foot power. Even motor scooters can be hard to see.

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