W. KY Amish fined for not properly lighting buggies

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) -- A judge in western Kentucky says three members of the state's Amish community are guilty of failing to put flashing lights or reflective orange triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.

Kentucky statutes have required symbols on slow-moving vehicles since 1971. The requirements for lights and flashers were added in 2005.

Jacob Gingerich is one of the men found guilty. He said during a trial last month that the symbols conflicted with religious beliefs that prohibit possessions that are too worldly.

Graves County District Judge Deborah Crooks fined each of the men $20 plus court costs.

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


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  • by TJ Location: Mayfield,KY on Apr 29, 2008 at 12:32 AM
    No what people need to do is respect their relegion and leave them alone. They arent hurting anyone. Let them live free, isn't that what the USA is suppose to be, a free country?? If you don't know the amish then don't dog them. They are kind, God fearing people who wouldn't hurt anyone.
  • by FRED PARROTT Location: RUSSELLVILLE ARKANSAS on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    WHAT THESE PEOPLE NEED IS A 1 TON DUELLEY DURAMAX TO HAUL THAT WAGON ON SO THEY DONT HAVE TO PUT A SMV PLATE AND FLASHING LIGHTS ON .

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