If you have ever been unfortunate enough to be stuck in traffic jam, then you know exactly how frustrating it can be. So, it stands to reason that being late for work or unable to get home to your family because liberal protesters are blocking the roads is enough to anger any reasonable commuter. These situations also pose a great danger to both motorists and protesters.
Making matters worse, is the fact that the protesters are likely to sue the driver in the event they may be hit while blocking the road. So not only do they cause major disruptions, but they stand to benefit financially when things go horribly wrong. However, that is no longer the case in North Carolina, thanks to HB330
According to WFAE, the bill was sponsored by Montgomery County Representative, Justin Burr, after he saw the chaos created by protesters in the streets of Charlotte last year.
The legislation releases drivers from any civil liability if they unintentionally hit a protester in the street. The bill does not allow for the intentional harming of a protester blocking the highway but as Burr noted, there is a need to…
Shield the Innocent
The marchers in Charlotte shut down portions of two busy interstates, I-277 and I-85, in protest of the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Several of the protests lasted into the late night hours, making it even more difficult for drivers to see individuals blocking the road.
Burr explained the bill saying:
“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.”
Liberal opponents of the bill have called it “controversial,” asserting that it impedes the rights of individuals to protest and endangers their lives. However, Burr pointed out that neither of these cases are true saying that “this bill does not allow for a driver of a vehicle to target protesters intentionally.”
Opponents of the law seem to be ignoring that the purpose of the bill is not to cause harm to protesters, it is to prevent them from profiting from their risky, criminal behavior. There are plenty of “safe spaces” for them to throw tantrums, that don’t involve risking the lives of innocent motorists.