Turns out one state has had enough with protesters blocking their traffic.
North Carolina House passed bill HB 330, with a 67-48 vote, that would allow drivers to pass through protesters blocking traffic; so long as they exercised ‘due care’.
Things have to get pretty bleak in your state in order to pass a bill like this.
Republican Justin Burr introduced the bill stating it “provides that a person driving an automobile while exercising due care is immune for civil liability for any injury to another if the injured person was participating in a demonstration or protest and blocking traffic.”
“As we’ve seen, time and time again, as folks run out in the middle of the streets and the interstates in Charlotte and attempt to block traffic,” Burr said. The Republican commented that he wants to ensure that “drivers don’t have to fear driving through Charlotte or anywhere in North Carolina.”
“This bill does not allow for the driver of a vehicle to target protesters intentionally,” he added. “It does protect individuals who are rightfully trying to drive down the road.”
The bill is now headed to the Senate for a vote.
North Carolina has seen its fair share of protests.
Most recently the ones for Keith Lamont Scott following his death after being shot by a cop. The protest turned into rioting by the second night and one person was shot and killed.