Amish men jailed over orange safety triangles

Amish men jailed over orange safety triangles

They say bright colour of symbols violated their religion

Guilty ... the eight Amish men jailed for not abiding by modern traffic laws

Guilty … the eight Amish men jailed for not abiding by modern traffic laws

PacificCoastNews.com

THESE are the mugshots of eight men jailed because they did not attach orange safety triangles to their horse-drawn buggies.

The men were all members of a traditional Amish group, the Old Order of Swartzentruber – known for simple living, plain dress and reluctance to adopt modern conveniences.

They were locked up after refusing to pay fines issued to them on the grounds that they failed to adhere to a state law which requires orange triangles on all slow-moving vehicles.

The men said that the bright reflector violated their religion which restricts wearing flamboyant colours and relying on man-made symbols for their safety.

 

Slow-moving ... a traditional Amish buggy

Slow-moving … a traditional Amish buggy

The men were sentenced to between three and ten days behind bars at Graves County Jail in Kentucky, U.S.

 

The convicted men brought Bibles to prison with them and were given dark-coloured jumpsuits and sandals so that they didn’t have to wear the standard orange coveralls.A ninth defendant and father-of-seven Levi Zook was initially ordered to jail but the sentence was lifted when a friend paid so Levi could care for his sick son who has cerebral palsy.

He said: “I don’t think it’s right to put somebody in jail for practicing their religious beliefs, but that’s what we’ll do if that’s what it takes to abide by the biblical laws.”

Prison warden Randy Haley said: “They were very nice. They did anything we asked them to do, we had no problems.”

All but one of the men have now been released and the last man will be freed on September 21.

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