North Carolina’s House has passed a law that allows drivers to legally hit protesters who are blocking roads.
To elaborate, drivers can try to pass through crowds of people who are blocking the road as long as they “exercise due care,” Charlottestories.com reported.
The North Carolina House passed HB 330 with a 67-48 vote.
The bill was introduced by Justin Burr, a House Republican, “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 added. He added that “drivers don’t have to fear driving through Charlotte or anywhere in North Carolina.”
Tennessee has passed a similar law regarding drivers and protesters.
“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.”
“We all know this is being done to try to make a point about protests,” said Democrat Greg Meyer, according to WFAE-TV, adding that he sees the bill as problematic.
He added: “It is just going to embarrass us. There is no good reason to pass this bill.”