North Dakota just proved how serious things can get when you try to fool around.
Lawmakers in the state are about to pass a legislation by which drivers who have accidentally ran over protesters who block the entirety of a highway or road will not be prosecuted.
Voting for this bill got announced after months of protests by the left against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced the bill, which states that if a driver “unintentionally” causes injury or death to someone blocking traffic on a roadway, then the driver will not be liable for damages.
Kempenich said he had no other choice but to act after Dakota Access Pipeline protesters last year moved to block public roadways, scaring some of his constituents.
“It turned from a protest to basically terrorism on the roadways, and the bill got introduced for people to be able to drive down the roads without fear of running into somebody and having to be liable for them,” he said.
“If people stay off the roadway, it has nothing to do with you,” he added. “[But] if you’re on the roadway trying to intimidate some people, then you’ve got an issue.”
However, North Dakota isn’t the only one that’s tired of road protesters and decided to do something about it. Many other towns that have had to endure petulant street protests are attempting to discourage demonstrators by working to enact similar legislation.
In recent weeks legislatures in Minnesota, Indiana and Iowa have moved to add laws specifically targeting roadway blocking, reports The Truth Division.
President Donald Trump signed executive actions on Tuesday to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, reversing decisions made by the Obama administration and setting off a clash with Democrats and environmental activists who vehemently oppose the projects.
“We’re going to put a lot of … steel workers back to work,” Trump said Tuesday. “We’ll build our own pipelines, we will build our own pipes.”
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