3 responses to Multiple Communities Face Amish Buggy Road Damage
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    Comment on Multiple Communities Face Amish Buggy Road Damage (February 8th, 2018 at 21:16)

    It looks like they’re looking to blame road damage on the Amish horses shoes. That is kind of pathetic. Having driven through Amish areas, I would say their roads are in far better condition than in cities where potholes are formed by the corrosive combination of nature, oil and car fluids, and the fact that cars drive at 40-70 mph which wears away the asphalt much more so than horses shoes going at 10 mph.

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      Comment on Not a fiction (February 12th, 2018 at 09:21)

      Not a fiction

      Well if the type of damage is directly traceable to these types of studs, which I assume it is easy to tell vs. the type of damage done by cars or semis traveling on rubber tires, I don’t think we should absolve Amish of responsibility. I don’t think they’d invite that either, generally speaking.

      I also don’t think this is a fiction created by the authorities, especially given that Amish acknowledge that their usage also contributes to wear and damage (see link and article excerpt below).

      Even though the road damage on the rural roads may be relatively less, it is still damage that needs to be addressed.


      Ohio Amish in Quandary on Road Repairs
      JOE MILICIA Published 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 30, 2003

      Associated Press Writer

      Amish resident Merlin Keim is well aware his horse’s studded shoes are gouging paved roads. He’d like to make a donation to help pay for the damage.

      Keim, 53, and other Amish residents in northeast Ohio think it’s only fair they chip in to fix roads torn up by their horse-drawn carriages.

      Since buggy owners are not required to buy licenses _ which automatically defers $20 for road maintenance _ Amish residents think they should be allowed to donate their fair share.

      “I think it’s better left up to the individual,” Keim said.

      But Ohio law prevents local governments from accepting donations.

      “In Ohio, county governments and township governments can’t do anything unless the state law specifically tells them to,” said Republican state Sen. Ron Amstutz, who is preparing legislation to allow the contributions. “If somebody writes them a check, they probably can’t do anything with it.”

      The idea for the bill came from the Amish, Amstutz said.

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    Comment on Damage to roads (February 15th, 2018 at 18:54)

    Damage to roads

    Our local area has had a large influx of Amish over the past few years. Those steel wheels on the buggies sure have done a number on our road. I don’t know anything about the horseshoes, but it’s easy to see where the buggies usually travel – just follow the trail! I haven’t heard anything being discussed about repairing or preventing the damage at this point, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens “down the road”.

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