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Amish Buggies Law Changed In Kentucky

Amish Buggies

04/11/12 12:44 PM ET  AP

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Amish people in Kentucky will no longer have to use a bright orange reflective triangle on their horse-drawn buggies.

Gov. Steve Beshear signed a law Wednesday that lets them use gray or reflective tape instead to make sure other vehicles can see them at night.

The law was passed for members of the more conservative Schwartzentruber sect, who claim the triangle violates their religious rules because it represents the Holy Trinity and its flashy color calls attention to them.

Several Amish farmers in western Kentucky had served jail time for refusing to use the emblems.

Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania have allowed exemptions for the Swartzentrubers and courts in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan have sided with them in opposing the triangles.

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