"Finally...Amish at Night" by Cindy47452 on FlickrA proposal to allow more safety options for religious groups that operate buggies is making its way through the General Assembly.

Senate Bill 75 unanimously passed committee today. It allows for one-inch reflective tape to be placed on buggies instead of a state-mandated reflective triangle.

The change comes after many Amish in western Kentucky have been sent to jail for refusing to place the triangles on their buggies. State Senator Ken Winters, the bill sponsor, says the legislature must look out for the safety of everyone on the road.

“The goal that each of us have to keep in mind is when that buggy is on the road, nighttime especially, we have to make sure that what we’re doing to that buggy makes it safer for them,” Winters says. “But just as importantly makes it safer for us too. None of us is ever going to want to be involved in an accident with one of those buggies.” [click to continue…]

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