Amish Scofflaws Nabbed in Buggy Safety-Triangle Scandal

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Those photos are the single best group of mugshots in the history of the world. They're also as perfect an illustration as you could ask for of what can go wrong when the Amish lifestyle bumps up against that of the modern world; these men were arrested for refusing to pay fines after for not putting orange safety triangles on their buggies. They consider them too modern.

The men were booked Monday night into the Graves County jail in Kentucky. They're all members of the Swartzentruber Amish sect, which is the strictest. Swartzentrubers will attach reflective tape to their buggies but they won't use the safety triangles, which are required by law.

The guys were all held in jail for between three and 10 days. What's unclear is whether they were all brought in separately, or ... whether they were all rounded up in some kind of safety triangle sting?

In other Amish news, a 77-year-old Amish man in Ohio is accused of swindling fellow Amish farmers for years, defrauding his neighbors of tens of millions of dollars. He's the "Amish Bernie Madoff."

[The Smoking Gun]

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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Am Knowing
Am Knowing

its not bad to commit crime its just bad to not feel for the people you have harmed

Dragonflymomma01
Dragonflymomma01

Now living in ky and traveling on the roadways with the buggies I totally understand why they need the triangles( for their safety). Lots of the roads are 45 plus and in the dark you can't see them. They obviously go a lot slower then cars and without lights like a car or some kind of a reflector you don't see them tell you are right up on them and then it might be to late like the couple accidents that have happened around here. I do agree them going to jail was a little harsh but better safe than dead

Alrugh95
Alrugh95

So it is funny that poor Amishman are arrested for not putting orange triangles on their buggies? This country needs a lot of prayer. All the crime that is committed.... And we waste our time on this? God will soon judge this country. It is a sad day we sodomites are free to parade their perversion and God fearing Amishman are jailed.Alfred, Amish-Mennonite

pedro
pedro

Whew. Now I feel safe. Close call.

Dugaldo
Dugaldo

Dang I thought for sure this was a collection of rumspringa mugs until I read the story. Nifty find. 

Am Knowing
Am Knowing

they should issue license plates!! those things are highly reflective and maybe they can throw the triangle in with it. what a bunch of rebels! (8O)

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