***they shouldnt let them drive their buggies until they comply. What theyre doing is dangerous***
LOL. Yeah, they’ve been doing it for 300 years, but now a committee has determined it’s ‘dangerous.’
Actually it wasn’t until the automobile became more of a force on the road that the horse and buggy became dangerous. The statement referring to what they are doing is dangerous does not refer to them driving the horse and buggy per se but more so not following the traffic laws that is set forth by the state government.
I grew up in Ohio with a much larger Amish population than PA or even KY. Driving the backroads we were constantly remindeded that Amish drove buggies and to watch out for them. nonetheless, you would hear about how some driver of a car plowed into the back of the buggy/carriage and killed the the occupants of the buggy. The driver of the car usually came out unscathed. This went on continously and still does. So yes, horse and buggies have become dangerous on roads that share them with cars. Usually the speed limit on these back roads exceed 45 MPH. So here you have a buggy maybe doing a speed of less than 10 mph and a car doing 45 mph and over. You do the math. The horse and buggy has become a hazard on the roads which makes them dangerous.
To give credit where credit is due, the local area usually puts up Horse and buggy yellow diamond signs alerting car drivers that this is an area heavily traveld by the Amish. It isn’t a committee that has determined thew horse and buggy has become dangerous in a modern era of cars. They became dangerous because they are slow and have become a road hazard to the drivers of cars and trucks. But just like entering a school xing, when entering in an area where there is heavy traffic of horse and buggies, its up to the driver to remain vigiliant and alert. Most of all to be ever cautious and slow down when coming upon and passing these carriages.