Amish Fight Pennsylvania Traffic Code

March 27, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On March 27, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on "a court fight framing a [Pennsylvania] state traffic code provision as infringing on religious liberties of a small sliver of the state's Amish population." Members of the Swartzentruber Amish have been fined $100 for failing to put reflective orange triangles on their vehicles. They refuse to follow the traffic code because it violates their religious beliefs. In explanation of their stance, the Amish "quoted Biblical passages that said they should not put their faith in symbols, that they should put their faith in God, not in an orange emblem."