The Swartzentruber Amish and very conservative sects of the Old Order prefer their buggies to be as plain as possible. This means very few, if any, safety symbols are displayed. The above photo are of some very traditional buggies that you might find in northern Indiana or more progressive Wisconsin communities. Other settlements take these buggies a step farther, inserting red caution flags and flashing battery-powered LED lights at night. On the other end of the spectrum: below are some photos I took of some Swartzentruber Amish-owned buggies in Pike County, Ohio. The last two photos are front and back shots of the same buggy and note the absence of any safety symbols. Do notice, however, that the gray reflective strips that are there reflect light pretty well.
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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.