Amish Buggy Lanes Case Study

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December 8, 2011 Special Amish Buggy Lanes Picture yourself, going 45 miles per hour up a hill in beautiful Lancaster County and at the crest you decide to speed up to make it over, when all of a sudden you rear end into an Amish Buggy occupied by an Amish couple. In doing so, the impact would kill both the couple and the horse at that speed. Four primary types of horse and buggy crashes were identified among the reported 76 crashes in the PennDOT crash database of 2006: rear ending a forward moving buggy, motorists passing a buggy, buggy drivers attempting to cross or enter a main road, and a buggy driver attempting a left turn off the main road. Lancaster County should create and build special lanes for Amish buggies because it is dangerous for both Amish and motorists to travel in the same lane. The Amish are a group of Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to…show more content…
It accounted for 31 of 76 (41%) of buggy crashes (Vitale). There are several reasons why a motorist could rear end a horse and buggy, the largest cause being the distraction of the driver by the rising and setting of the sun. When the sun rises and sets it causes a glare. When a motorist is flying down the road and gets distracted by a glare he may not notice the upcoming slow moving buggy and in an instant he rear ends it. Another reason for this to occur would be the effect of weather on the roads. If the roads are icy it can affect the cars ability to stop, which can lead to a vehicle rear-ending a buggy in these conditions. If the buggy lanes were to be put into place, the amount of collisions would decrease significantly because the buggy would not be traveling in the same lane as the

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