In an increasingly rare showing of common sense in American legislation, the North Carolina House passed a bill that protects drivers who hit protesters from lawsuits.
The intent of the measure being to shield motorists from being sued by left-wing zealots who put themselves in harms way in protest of the latest feel-good measure by shutting down city streets.
…of course, the bill would also protect drivers from right-wing zealots, except they appear to be smart enough not to play in traffic.
The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Justin Burr, who said 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,” public radio station WFAE reported.
As for the obvious counter, that drivers are free to target protesters, Burr was one step ahead.
“Now this bill does not allow for a driver of a vehicle to target protesters intentionally,” he said. “That obviously is not the intention.”
House Bill 330 reads:
(a)A person driving an automobile who is exercising due care and injures another person who is participating in a protest or demonstration and is blocking traffic in a public right‑of‑way is immune from civil liability for the injury.
(b)A person shall not be immune from civil liability if the actions leading to the injury were willful or wanton.”
Blocking traffic has become a common tactic as police take on a more passive response to the mayhem created by protesters.
Going well beyond civil disobedience, blocking highways creates plenty of anger and frustration with motorists going about their daily business, to include getting to and from work.
…frustration that sometimes boils over, as seen in Brazil, where an angry driver was caught on video crashing through a group of protesters blocking a highway.
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