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Kentucky county begins prosecuting Amish

GRAVES, Ky., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A second county in Kentucky has begun prosecuting Amish men who refuse to place state-mandated safety signs on the rear of their horse-drawn buggies.

Daniel Yoder of Leitchfield, Ky., was convicted in Grayson County for failure to mount an orange and red triangle for slow-moving vehicles on his buggy, while Ben Yoder and Joe Hostetler have the same charges pending against them, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal reported.

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"It's basically a public safety issue," said Grayson County Attorney Clay Ratley. "I respect their religion, I respect their beliefs, but at the same time, we have to follow the law."

In September, eight men served time in jail in Graves County, Ky., for failure to pay fines related to charges for not using the safety symbol.

The charges come after the Kentucky Court of Appeals rejected claims by Graves County Amish that the law violates their religion by using bright colors or trusting man-made symbols.

While most Amish use the safety emblem on their buggies, the men disregarding the requirement belong to the Old Order Swartzentruber sect, which forbids their use, the newspaper said.

Daniel Yoder was given a $20 fine and charged $143 in court costs.

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