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Amish Go on Trial as Buggy Safety Scofflaws

April 11, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Nearly two dozen Amish men went on trial in Ebensburg for refusing to put orange reflective triangles on their horse-drawn buggies.

An Amish scholar testified that members of the highly conservative Swartzentruber order consider the 16-inch safety symbol offensive.

The state requires the triangles on all vehicles that don't exceed 25 mph. State police have issued citations to 22 men in the three years since the Swartzentruber community arrived in central Pennsylvania from Ohio. One man was jailed for three days after he refused to pay a $100 fine.

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