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BUGGY SAFETY TIPS

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Facts to know:

■ Amish buggies typically move only 5 to 8 mph.

■ Buggies do not have side- or rear-view mirrors.

■ Because of hoof noise and buggy construction, Amish drivers may not hear vehicles approaching from behind.

■ Horses often back up a few feet when stopped at traffic lights or stop signs.

■ Some buggies may have orange slow-moving vehicle signs, but others may use gray reflective tape and a lantern instead.

DO:

■ Be constantly on the lookout for buggies on rural roads.

■ Dim your high beams for oncoming buggies, as you would for another motorist.

■ Slow down when you see a buggy and maintain a space cushion.

■ Pass a buggy only when it is safe and legal to do so.

DON’T:

■ Pass a buggy on a hill or blind curve.

■ Honk, gun your engine or make other loud noises, which can startle a horse.

SOURCE: State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s Traffic Safety program

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