House Passes Bill Aimed At Making Roads Better For Amish Buggies

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill on Tuesday that is meant to improve Amish buggy safety by widening roads and creating pull-off lanes for the horse-drawn buggies.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

The bill's sponsor is state Representative Anthony Latell, a Youngstown-area Democrat. He represents an area that the Amish heavily populate.

Latell told fellow representatives on Tuesday before the vote that the goal is to make roads safer for the buggies.

Latell's bill would allow Ohio counties with Amish populations to apply for grants to widen shoulders and bridges, construct pull-off lanes on roads with poor visibility and erect warning signs for animal-drawn traffic.

In 1999, the last year for which statistics are available, there were 161 buggy crashes in Ohio.

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