WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed April 11, 2012
Governor Signs Bill to Accomodate Kentucky Amish
The Amish are now exempt from a longstanding requirement that they attach orange signs to their horse-drawn buggies. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows the Amish to use white or silver reflective tape on their buggies rather than the traditional slow-moving-vehicle emblems that they rejected to on religious grounds.
Several Amish farmers in Western Kentucky have served jail time for refusing to use the emblems. They said the triangular shape represents the Trinity, which they are not allowed to display, and that the fluorescent orange calls undue attention to them against the norm of their religion.
The law goes into effect immediately.