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Despite the occasional buggy-on-car accident, most Amish remain totally opposed to modern safety equipment like headlights, taillights, brakes, seatbelts or even, in Kentucky at least, orange safety triangles.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the ubiquitous neon-orange triangles seen on everything from wide loads to cement mixers are apparently too high-tech for Amish horse-drawn buggies. First, the objectors say the orange is way too bright and clashes with their buggies' blacked-out color scheme. Second, the Amish say the three-sided shape can represent the Holy Trinity and shouldn't be used for something as worldly as a cheap, plastic warning device.

One Amish man recently spent 13 days in a county jail after refusing to pay a fine for not having the triangle on his buggy. The American Civil Liberties Union has stepped in to defend the man in Kentucky Supreme Court on religious grounds. The Amish hope the court will vacate the charges and open up a dialogue into less-offensive alternatives to the offending placards.


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        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're right. The highways run red with blood because innocent SUV pilots can't see the Amish buggies that run them off the road.
        Eðulf
        • 2 Years Ago
        No, society is made to suffer. At least if the religious freedom lobby can generate a big enough fuss over the moral outrage they'll express.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Amish are OK with candles, right? How about requiring that they have bright front and rear mounted lanterns on their buggies between dusk and dawn when they are on public roads. Simple. NEXT!!!
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron
        This is the kind of compromise we need in a situation like this, not the stubborn bashing seen in most comments.
      Benjamin Roethig
      • 2 Years Ago
      They don't want to have to follow minimal safety requirements. Then they give up the right to drive during low visibility situations.
      Quen47
      • 2 Years Ago
      To be fair, the last sentence of the article states that the Amish are open to "a dialogue into less-offensive alternatives to the offending placards." Certainly a reasonable solution can be found.
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Quen47
        Too bad few people read that. They just automatically spouted hate speech against a society that they don't understand. They believe their way is superior to the Amish, and in their eyes that's enough to condemn them. Sadly, they also fail to see the their own hypocrisy and close-mindedness. The Amish leave us alone, why can't we extend them the same courtesy?
      swede_speed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is important to keep in mind here that the amish do not pay road tax (atleast here in PA) meaning, imho, that they should get no say on the laws of the road.
      Fazzster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like political correctness is creeping into the Amish community...Meaning they are being way to sensitive!!!
      GhettoDude
      • 2 Years Ago
      It should probably be noted that each Amish district can have differing stances on issues like this, and many Amish have no problem with the triangles. (It's up to the bishop). In Belleville, PA, there are three distinct districts, each using a different color for their buggies (black, yellow, white). I'd also like to point out that there are many wonderful things about Amish culture. This one district might be misguided in this issue, but is that a reason to attack them?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GhettoDude
        I love Amish country in PA. I am pretty sure all the buggies I saw had some sort of reflector on them, and some even had actual headlamps and tail lamps.
      Neez
      • 2 Years Ago
      Would it really be that hard for state legislation to amend the shape of the safetey triangle. They can change it to a bar with diagonal line on it, or a big square. Not a big deal. I'm from Lancaster County, the heart of the amish. Amish around here seem to be embracing these changes. Not you see most buggies are decked out with cool LED headlights, led running light, and turn signals. They also bling them out with stainless steel diamondplate truck beds.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      the image is not a triangle! It's actually a tetragon!
        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        They're talking about the triangular reflector that is supposed to be mounted on the back of the buggy.
      threefortyduster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously?
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, in that case, roads are too high tech for the good old Amish. Besides, grass and dirt is nicer on the horses, too. What is that? You want to still drive something with a walking pace operational speed on public roads without the hazard vehicle sign intended to keep your ass (and your horses') safe? Our fair, modern society needs to put general safety, regulations, and human rights over religious preferances or we will end up like the middle east.
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k_m94
        Our founding fathers were waaaay too vague with the Constitution...
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      They shouldn't be allowed on the roads in the first place until they help pay for them like everyone else. Now, after they start paying taxes, that still isn't an excuse to infringe upon the safety of the rest of society, which is what those roadblocks do, so a little warning sign is the least they can do. If you want to pray to an empty milk jug or Lord Xenu, do as you wish, but don't expect me to subsidize you or sacrifice my own safety to accommodate your preferred mythology.
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