If you remember a couple of years back there was a bill proposed in Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and North Dakota. The bill would protect drivers who unintentionally hit protesters. While it didn’t support purposely hitting people in the roadway it did try to remove liability if the driver hit someone unintentionally.
Tennessee is another state trying to jump on the wagon. The drivers would be protected under the bill. Although they would have to “exercise due caution” and unintentionally hit the protesters. Representative William Lamberth said in Tenness said,
“If you’re intentionally cause harm this bill won’t cover you, that’s not what we’re trying to do here,”Representative William Lamberth
Representative Bruce Griffey opted for a provision stating,
“Maybe [we] add a provision if someone is trying to flee the situation to avoid the life-threatening situation and they happen to hurt someone in the course of fleeing,”Representative Bruce Griffey
The bill which has yet to be passed also bumps up the offense of blocking the street from a misdemeanor to a felony. This could result in a maximum fine of $3,000 and have their voting rights revoked. How do you feel about this bill? Let us know in the comments below!