Kentucky Amish Jailed for Safety Violations

You know it’s a slow week when the traffic cops go after the Amish, but that’s what happened earlier this summer: nine Kentucky men who are members of the extremely conservative Amish sect the Old Order Swartzentruber refused to display orange reflective triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.

They were fined for a safety violation, but subsequently refused to pay the court-ordered fines, claiming that to do so would be the same as obeying a law they believe is in opposition to their religious strictures. Their reason for not displaying the reflective symbol is that the bright orange color was against their rules of modesty.

Graves County District Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks sentenced the nine of them to between three and ten days in jail.

Graves County District Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks sentenced the men to three to 10 days in jail. The ruling was appealed, but the appeal was denied.

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