Buggies need to be safer for everyone’s benefit

To the editor:

I live in Belleville. I travel Route 655 frequently. I am very careful traveling around the horse and buggies but something happened to me June 4 that resulted in writing this letter. Going down Route 655 heading to Lewistown I observed a horse and buggy on the right berm of the road. As I attempted to pass, the horse and buggy suddenly turned left, directly in front of me. All I could see was this huge animal in my windshield. The driver of the buggy managed to pull it into a driveway and I stopped on the side of the road. My car was heavily damaged – $9,000+ to be exact.

Now my concerns are: we motorists must have turn signals, seat belts, headlights during rainstorms, yearly inspections, children in proper seat restraints and working brake lights. Why in the name of heaven shouldn’t the Amish at least be required to have turn signals, adequate lights at night on their buggies and rubber tires to help protect our roads? This questions is directed at our elected officials. It would be great if I’d get an answer from them.

Loretta Pursel