Ohio bill would require flashing lights on Amish buggies

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ASHLAND, Ohio (Ashland Times-Gazette) — A flashing light would be required on horse-drawn buggies typically used by the Amish under an Ohio proposal intended to help prevent collisions with motor vehicles.

The bill introduced by Republican Reps. Scott Wiggam, of Wooster, and Darrell Kick, of Loudonville, also would require animal-drawn vehicles to use new reflective tape with higher visibility. Current law requires still lights and reflectors on buggies.

Law enforcement officials say more liberal communities have agreed to additional safety measures but others won't unless it is state law.

State data shows Ohio has had over 870 crashes involving an animal-drawn vehicle or an animal with a rider since 2014.