Bill Would Increase Visibility of Amish Buggies


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--A bill under consideration at the Ohio statehouse would increase regulations for horse-drawn Amish buggies, and their requirements for high-visibility material.

The legislation would require buggies and other animal-drawn vehicles to display a new type of highly reflective tape, as well as display a flashing light.

Currently, Ohio requires those types of vehicles to display a sign consisting of an orange and red triangle. Other slow-moving vehicles, like tractors and other farm equipment, are also required to have the same sign.

Ohio has one of the largest Amish populations in the country, and the bill's sponsors hope the new rules will cut down on the number of crashes involving horse-drawn buggies.

State data shows since 2014 there have been nearly 900 reported crashes with animal-drawn vehicles, resulting in at least 20 deaths.