Proposed bill requires reflective tape, oil lamp for Amish buggies at night
April 1, 2019
FORT FAIRFIELD, ME - In an effort to increase safety for both members of the Amish community and motorists who might encounter their horse drawn buggies on the road at night, Rep. David McCrea of Fort Fairfield has advocated for a bill to require reflective tape and lights on the rigs.
The area around Fort Fairfield and Easton has been home to dozens of Amish families for over a decade, with many establishing businesses such as carpentry shops, farms and bakeries. In recent months, McCrea, who represents Maine House District 148 which includes both communities in Aroostook County, has met with dozens of members of the local Amish communities as well as officials from the Maine State Police and Maine Department of Transportation to draft and amend a bill that he said aims to help non-Amish residents notice buggies more quickly while driving.
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