The North Carolina House of Representatives passed a common sense law on Thursday that protects motorists from civil liability in cases where they hit protesters that are blocking roads.
House Bill 330, which was introduced by Rep. Justin Burr, “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.”
It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 67-48 on Thursday.
“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 said he wants to make sure “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.”
Liberal protesters frequently like to block busy roads, putting themselves in danger in the process. Often, these protesters would get hit by a car and sue.
“These people are nuts to run in front of cars like they do … and say, ‘me and my buddy here are going to stop this two-and-a-half-ton vehicle,’” Rep. Michael Speciale, who supports the bill, said. “If somebody does bump somebody, why should they be held liable?”
Democrats slammed the bill, calling it unfair.
“We all know this is being done to try to make a point about protests,” said Democrat Greg Meyer. “It is just going to embarrass us. There is no good reason to pass this bill.”
Regardless of what the Democrats say, this bill was needed and will force liberal protesters to be more accountable for their actions.
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