NC House Passed HB 330 – Allowing Drivers To Legally Drive Through Protesters Who Block Roads

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black-lives-matter-protests-in-charlotte-ncA new bill has passed the NC House that would allow North Carolina drivers to drive through protesters who are blocking the road without being sued, as long as they “exercise due care.”

The North Carolina House passed HB 330 with a 67-48 vote.

It was introduced by Republican Justin Burr and “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 said. The Republican commented that he wants to ensure that “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.”

Charlotte saw a number of roads blocked after the death of Keith Lamont Scott and the protests that followed last year. During the second night of the protests, rioting erupted in Uptown Charlotte, with one person being shot and killed.

Here’s some footage from the rioting last year:

The bill is now heading to the NC Senate for final approval.

What do you think about the new law?

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  1. This reminds me of the Soviet Union, where protesting was 100% legal. All you needed was permission from the Politburo… which of course they always came up with bullshit excuses to deny in the interests of “public safety” and “national security”. Meaning that you in reality had no de facto right to protest, and could be beaten, shot, and killed for trying to demonstrate otherwise.

    No one is fooled by this ridiculous excuse for legislation either. People may be too scared to speak up in what is essentially becoming a totalitarian state, but anyone who isn’t a sociopath knows that running down pedestrians in a 2-ton vehicle is deeply immoral, and should be considered a criminal act in all but the most extenuating of circumstances.

  2. 1: Protesting is by definition, peaceful and law-abiding. Blocking roads is a CRIME. Doing it to surround and scream at people and hold them against their will is a violent crime! These are RIOTS. Stop describing them as protests.

    2: When someone is committing a violent crime against you you have a RIGHT to escape that situation. If the perpetrator makes the only way to do that to hurt them…

    3: If you commit a crime and you or someone else gets hurt in the process, in a way that would not have happened had you not been committing that crime, the responsibility for that is on you and nobody else… that’s what the law already says, making this bill redundant… only thing missing was that people are to cowardly to address these thugs as what they are.

    4(bonus): Not a single person BLM has rioted for was innocent! Fight cops = get shot, race is not a factor!