So in my part of Indiana its common to see Amish folks tooling about in their horse drawn buggies on two lane 55mph state or US highways, many times in hilly country that does not have many safe passing opportunities for a mile or so.
Many drivers get enraged and roar their engines and speed past the Amish who many times have their children with them. Some of these enraged types even throw empty beer bottles at the buggies as they roar by.
Some drivers are well adjusted level headed people and they just enjoy the view and the drive and wait patiently for a safe place to pass. These people make the world a better place and the roads safer.
Some people thing the Amish and their buggies have no business on our roadways and are nothing but an impediment to modern travel and commerce. What a shame some people are such self centered narcissists that they have no respect or empathy for those that chose to live a different way.
Just today I got behind a buggy and was patently following at about 20mph enjoying the scenery for about 1/4 of a mile when I noticed a rapidly approaching crossover barreling up behind me. I sensed the trouble that was coming.
The hurried driver was riding my tail and kept going left of center looking to pass in the no passing zone and reluctantly followed me for another 1/4 mile.
So there was a small clearing and the driver roared right by me gunning the engine in a hurried manic like madness and barreled by me, the no passing zone be damned. Well a car was coming the other way and the hurried driver had to dart in front of me and behind the buggy to avoid a near head on collision.
No doubt this caused fear for the Amish family and the other driver. The impatient madness continued until they finally reached a passing zone and roared by the buggy.
The funny thing is the buggy turned on the next road and I was soon on my way motoring about at a safe and sane 55mph.
As I made it into the next town what did I see at the approaching train crossing? The hurried driver. Stopped. She would not respect the Amish, but thankfully she did respect the cross arms enough to stop.
What a shame someone was willing to break the law and risk others lives for no reason other that trying to “make time”.
Even if not caught by the red light, the time saved would have amounted to very little.
I wonder what the Amish must think about the speed crazed English roaring about in their horseless carriages so willing to risk killing others just to save a minute that they will waste away on some modern excess anyway.