Thursday, June 06, 2002

amish lose battle over triangles

Twenty members of an Amish sect were each fined $95.00 for failing to display orange triangles on their buggies when traveling on public roadways. The judge in the case held that the state had an overwhelming interest in public safety that outweighed the religious objection to the plastic symbols. The group had stated a couple of weeks ago that they would go into exile to Ohio if they lost their case, rather than displaying the symbols. The law firm representing the Amish community is working with Pennsylvania legislators to try to come up with an alternative solution, by allowing them to use gray reflective tape, and red laterns instead of the caution signs currently required.

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