Amish residents argue against using “slow moving” sign on buggies

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by WHAS11

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Posted on March 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 24 at 4:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  A court case hit University of Louisville as Amish people argued that their religious beliefs were being tested by a Kentucky law aimed at safety.

Several men, from an older subgroup of Amish faith, believe that placing a flashy, orange symbol on their horse buggies intrudes with their connection to God. That is according to their lawyer.

They were convicted in previous cases and failed to display slow moving vehicle symbols on their buggies in Graves County, Ky.

Instead of a symbol, they used reflective tape and lanterns.

"A manmade symbol that is perceived in their religious beliefs to encroach with their relationship with God. They have taken alternative safety measures," said ACLU Lawyer William Sharp.

"We have dark black buggies on a road with no orange symbol on the back. There are no similar people in Graves County. This is singular and they have been pulled over several times," said Commonwealth’s Attorney Christian Miller.

No decision has been made by judges yet.

Only 15 states allow reflective tape on slow moving vehicles instead of bright triangle symbols.



 

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