FRANKFORT — The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would allow Amish to mark their slow-moving buggies with reflective tape rather than the bright safety triangle currently required.
Senate Bill 75 proceeds to the House, where similar measures have been filed.
The refusal of some Amish to use safety triangles on their buggies has led to court action in Western Kentucky. The Amish sect rejects the man-made traffic symbols because, among other reasons, they believe that even their safety on the roads is directed by God.
However, the Amish have suggested they would be willing to use reflective tape on their buggies. State law requires that slow-moving vehicles clearly be marked to avoid rear-end collisions.
Western Kentucky resident Jacob Gingerich was one of 18 Amish men in broad-brimmed black hats who watched from the gallery as the vote was taken. He has spent nearly two weeks in jail for refusing to display the orange triangle on his buggy.