Swartzentruber Amish work to give buggies more visibility on Ohio roads
May 2, 2017
ASHLAND, OH - Cinnamon Lake, a cluster of 500 newer homes about 40 miles west of Akron, promotes itself as being in the heart of Amish country yet within easy reach of 70 mph freeways leading to modernity.
On weekday mornings, commuters from that development and surrounding areas in cars, trucks and SUVs hit the blacktop country roads slicing through the corn and soybean fields, sometimes forgetting that their Amish neighbors are on their way to work, too — in horse-drawn buggies traveling about 5 mph.
The Swartzentrubers recognize there’s a road safety problem and changes must be made.
The first is a simple, white 10-by-12-inch piece of plastic outlined in reflective tape that will be attached to the back of buggies.
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