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Protecting the Amish population in Ohio

Ohio has a substantial number of Amish residents. Some are in our own region. All too frequently, we have to report accidents in which motor vehicles have struck horse-draw buggies operated by the Amish.

Ohio already has laws on the books intended to safeguard the Amish, but obviously, they have not been effective enough. A bill pending now in the General Assembly would augment the rules.

Under the proposal, horse-drawn buggies would have to have flashing lights on the highest part of the conveyance, along with a new type of more visible reflective tape.

One statistic makes the need for new visibility equipment clear: Since 2014, there have been more than 870 accidents involving horse-drawn buggies or wagons and vehicles, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Legislators should approve the new bill.

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