Amish Buggy Controversy Makes Compromise

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a state law requiring an Amish sect to post orange safety triangles on their buggies, although lawmakers already made changes to the law earlier this year.

The new law says they can use gray reflective tape instead, but is that safe enough?

"I mean I drove a truck for 35 years and I wouldn't want to run over them. I think it should be on there it's just that simple,"says Jerry Rust, a resident of Auburn Kentucky.

The conservative Amish sect disagrees with the use of slow moving vehicle signs because they rely on god and not man-made symbols for their safety.

"The triangle represents a protector the true protector is God almighty and anytime the Supreme Court infringes on religious beliefs I don't agree with it,"says Glen Sears, owner of Glen's Hardware.

And when asked should the Amish religious beliefs be protected?

"Yea for their religion but not for safety,"says Rust.

"I wish they would put more safety things on their buggies for the sake of their children,"says Joseph Byler, a resident.

Byler used to be part of an Amish community that agreed with the use of reflective triangles.

"When we were Amish we had the triangles and a lot of lights on our buggies where people could see us and there were very few accidents,"says Byler.

And others see both sides of the issue.

"I think it should be there but they waited until 5 or 6 years and they waited until now to throw it down their throats, I don't think that's right,"says Rust.

Those is Auburn are using the gray reflective tape.

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