Police, Amish At Odds Over Lights On Buggy

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - When state police cited three western Kentucky men for not having special symbols and lights on a horse-drawn buggy, it started a conflict between religious freedom and state law.

The Amish men say putting flashing lights and the orange triangular symbol on their buggies would violate their religious beliefs.

Assistant Graves County Attorney Scott Robbins says the case is about safety - not religion.

A judge heard testimony during a bench trial on Monday and plans to issue a ruling next month.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Steve Location: KY. on Jan 17, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    What will happen when someone runs over them? Then they will be crying bloody murder.
  • by Jeff Location: Somerset on Jan 16, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    They pay no highway usage tax, yet use the highways others have to pay for impeding traffic and causing dangerous situations for motorists. If they don't want to abide by State law, then don't use the State owned highways.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on Jan 15, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    Anyone thats driven out towards garrard county knows that at dusk those carrages can only be seen at about 1-200ft even with the reflectors. They should have to obey the same laws of the roads others do or simply not use the roads. After all gas taxes pay for road upkeep and carrages obviously use no gas.
  • by gotsomhere Location: mason co on Jan 15, 2008 at 03:08 PM
    The Amish here don't seem bothered by making their vehicles visible at night. God said, "Let there be light". Is leaving horse poop in parking lots a religious act?
  • by RALPH Location: PIKEVILLE on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE. THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH THINGS NOW. TOO CONCERNED ABOUT MINOR MATTERS AND NOT ABOUT THINGS SUCH AS MURDER, DRUGS, AND THINGS THAT CONCERN THE MORALS OF PEOPLE.
  • by anonymous Location: flemingsburg,ky on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    We have alot of Amish around our area and they all have reflectors and flashing lights on the buggies that go up and down our roads, which makes it alot safer because you can see them alot sooner than if they didn't have them on there.

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