8 responses to Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets?
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    Comment on Unlicensed Taxis (March 24th, 2017 at 11:29)

    Unlicensed Taxis

    In Southern Ontario, the larger black vans were being randomly pulled over to check if they were hauling Old Order people without taxi or bus permits. Some licensed operators bought out some of the unlicensed operators because they were certainly cracking down. A mother had taken her daughter for her drivers test with the family van, a larger black one, and on the way home after the daughter passed her test, they were pulled over. Just checking!

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    Eli Byler
    Comment on Amish Taxi profiling? (March 24th, 2017 at 12:34)

    Amish Taxi profiling?

    To those who say they are being profiled, I would simply ask “Why?”

    Why would law enforcement pull someone over just because there are Amish in the vehicle?

    If your answer is “Because this area requires a permit to be an Amish Taxi,” then your complaint is rather frivolous and silly. Because it’s perfectly valid to see the cars holding Amish as being a more-likely place to check for illegal Amish taxis. You’ve got to admit that, if you want any credibility at all.

    So “Why?” is the question you need to answer. If there’s no permit required in the area where you feel this is happening, then why? What would they hope to find otherwise? You need to explain what you think is behind it. If no permit is required, are they simply doing a safety inspection? Because they spotted something that might be a violation of the traffic law, and could be a greater danger if someone’s using the car as a taxi? Again, perfectly valid.

    And finally, I wonder if you’re as defensive about profiling in general; does it bother you if cops appear to be profiling Hispanics, Blacks, Muslims, or Native Americans? If not, why?

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      Randy Gooden
      Comment on A Possible Reason (August 29th, 2017 at 10:14)

      A Possible Reason

      I think that a possible reason why the police would target Amish taxis for safety checks is that the police think that they should be regulated, but the legislature hasn’t agreed. So, the police resort to safety checks to try to regulate as far as they can under current law.

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    Bob the Quaker
    Comment on Taxi my friends (March 24th, 2017 at 13:49)

    Taxi my friends

    We have a small place in Lancaster, PA that we visit 2-3 times a year & stay about 1 1/2 months each time. We usually visit our Amish friends first thing. Within a day or two I will start getting calls for rides.
    I really don’t mind & I only charge for gas. Maybe that is why they call so often :-).
    We do enjoy the original visit, & we usually go out for a meal together during our time in PA. One Amish lady provides meals for tourists, & sometimes she has us join them at no cost.
    If you become friends with some Amish, they will be friends forever, but you may also become a taxi driver.

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      Comment on Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets? (March 24th, 2017 at 14:09)

      I know what you mean Bob though I enjoy it. Obviously it’s a nice way to repay hospitality to friends, but I also enjoy hearing about the different places we go etc. from an insider perspective. I can “taxi” for hours and sometimes do 🙂

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets? (March 24th, 2017 at 15:18)

    To the person asking Why. Could it be that in some areas people are just as prejudiced about Amish as they are about blacks, Hispanics, Muslim, etc. I suspect this has a lot to do with profiling them as well. Some people are prejudiced against anyone who is different, even in the police forces.

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    Comment on Tier Three Sex Offender driving for Amish community (March 24th, 2017 at 17:41)

    Tier Three Sex Offender driving for Amish community


    There is a Tier Three convicted sex offender, Albert Baker, driving for an Amish community in the Hillsboro, Greenfield Ohio area.

    Albert Baker charges, “only .50 a mile.” what an allure. I don’t know it this a targeting tactic or trying to give someone “a break.”

    All the information regarding Albert Baker can be found on the Attorney General’s Office of Ohio. “White girl, under the age of 13.”….

    The community has been given printed information regarding Albert Baker, how they choose to use this information I don’t know. They have been notified that if any inappropriate action/actions take place and they do not notify the authorities they can/will be held liable in a court of law.

    Children’s Social Services will be notified and the heartbreaks, heartaches will begin for the rest of their lives.

    This man, Albert Baker, paid his debt of nearly five years in prison, that is also an important fact to mention. For the remainder of his life he is supposed to register when/if he should move. Buyer Beware.

    In regards to drivers being “targeted”, lets get real. I have driven for the Amish in years past and can’t count how many times it was asked “can we get two more people in the car?” Seat belts for all people, regardless of age is not always a priority in the case of transporting the Amish.

    Old Order Amish, New Order Amish, Beechy Amish, the State Police could care less what “Order” they are. Just follow the orders, a seat belt for, and/or child restraint for EVERY person riding in the vehicle is the law. Follow it, and getting pulled over is only an inconvenience.

    Keep up the good work of reporting these issues.

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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on Amish Taxi Drivers: Profiling Targets? (March 27th, 2017 at 06:26)

    Thanks, Eve, for the warning! I wonder how many of the people in that community were alarmed? I know I would be… There is such a thing as giving the benefit of a doubt to someone who served his time, but on the other hand, there are plenty of cases that teach us this can be something that repeats. As a parent, I’d be very concerned. Aren’t their laws about the contact such a person may have with children?

    Seat belts and “can we get one more in?” I know of people that try that just like I know of drivers who allow it. Some of our people fail to see that while you can “cram one more” in a buggy, it’s neither safe nor legal in a car or other vehicle. Most drivers in our area are good about insisting on the seat-belts and safe numbers of passengers. Our favorite drivers (two of them) wait to start until everyone is belted in. I can think of times the one made an exception — such as discovering someone had been left stranded at an auction, but he made it clear he was not impressed and told everyone this is an exception. (And he took all back roads home, too.)

    It occurs to me now, too, that the offender might be able to convince the Amish he was “framed” or it was a “misunderstanding.” That happened in the Berlin area about two years ago and since most Amish will take someone at their word, that guy was driving for a few months before non-Amish people shared stories from the news and the warning was then heeded.

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