Buggy drivers ask for understanding

December 18, 2012, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

 

The Record wrote last week about the dangers buggy drivers in the Region face each tiem they drive their teams on the road. Please have regard for the special hazards that these horse drwan behicles pose.

WELLESLEY TOWNSHIP — It’s a scene as old as the Mennonite faith itself. A procession of families cross the narrow bridge outside Wallenstein in black, horse-drawn buggies on their way to Sunday church.

Now, picture a transport truck barrelling down the hill toward the crossing.

The nervous horses squeeze against the railing as the giant, rumbling rig passes by just feet away, often at high speed.

Then throw in a line of cars coming the other direction.

One spooked animal and the whole delicate dance can turn deadly.

Waterloo Region’s highways have long been an area where the horse-powered culture of the Mennonites collides with the outside world, and that busy bridge on Highway 86 is just one of many friction points on local roads. But as crashes between cars and buggies continue to add up, one well-respected member of the Old Order Mennonites is asking motorists to take greater care around the horse-drawn carriages.

Aaron Bowman, a Dorking-area farmer and secretary of his community’s safety committee, gave a rare interview to talk about the hazards faced by buggy drivers.

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