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Motorists reminded of more Amish buggies on the roads

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LISBON, Ohio - Orange barrels won't be the only thing motorists will have to watch for while traveling throughout Columbiana County. 

Vehicles are often using the same lanes as Amish buggies and local law enforcement officials want to remind drivers to use caution.
"If you're not aware of them, you need to be aware of them," Lt. Joe Dragovich says, with the Lisbon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "A horse and buggy on the road is unusual, but it's going to become more commonplace."
Lt. Dragovich says the county is currently home to about 25 Amish families, and that number is expected to rise as more move from New York to Ohio.
A buggy carrying two Amish in their 20's was destroyed in late March during a single vehicle crash. Lt. Dragovich said both survived the crash, but they had to be taken to a nearby hospital following the collision. It was the only buggy-related crash in the county to his knowledge and he hopes it stays that way.
With more Amish families expected to move in, the highway patrol is urging motorists to drive with caution, as much of the county's terrain is not suitable for passing a buggy. 
Drivers are reminded to lower their speed, especially when passing a buggy or approaching a hill.

"If you're carrying a lot of speed coming up over a crest, when you make that crest, there may be a buggy in front of you that's driving very slow," he said.

The county has posted new Amish buggy signs along Route 7 and Route 154 to prepare traffic for a possible horse and carriage up ahead. Recently, Middleton Township installed signs along township roads to protect the Amish. More signs could be put up as more Amish families move into the county.
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