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 |  Mar 18 2012, 1:01 PM

Sometimes living simply can get a person entangled in legal complications.

An Amish man spent 13 days in a county jail in January when he refused to pay a fine for not affixing an orange slow-vehicle triangle indicator onto his horse-and-buggy. Intended as a law to make their buggies more safe, the Amish sect objects to both the color and the shape of the safety triangle, which is supposedly too bright and the shape represents the Holy Trinity.

In total, nine Amish men have been convicted with the same penalty by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Under the representation of the American Civil Liverties Union, the Amish maintains that the issue is a matter of religious freedom.

While car ownership may sometimes be a troublesome responsibility, it hardly compares to the legal obstacles one would likely encounter when committed to an Amish buggy.

[Source: USA Today]

  • Chad

    Some sort of reflective device is needed to warn unaware drivers. Maybe something else could be designed that would serve this safety purpose and respect the simpler ways the Amish prefer.