U.S. Drivers Can Now ‘Legally’ Hit Protestors Standing In Their Way

Drivers in Tennessee can now legally hit protestors who stand in their way

A new bill will allow U.S. drivers in Tennessee to hit protestors standing in their way and remain immune from prosecution – even if the protestors suffer injuries. 

The Tennessee bill aims to address protesters who block traffic and cause a nuisance to drivers.

Newschannel9.com reports:

Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) introduced the bill and said in a statement, “We believe that citizens have the right to protest. There is a procedure for peaceful protests and the purpose of that process is to protect the safety of our citizens. Protestors have no right to be in the middle of the road or our highways for their own safety and the safety of the traveling public.”

Representative Matthew Hill (R–Jonesborough) sponsored the bill, and issued a statement saying, “We are not endorsing anyone running over a person with a car, whether it is protestors or anyone else. If someone intentionally harms a person, they are going to be charged with a crime, period. There is a clear difference, however, between peacefully protesting and lawless rioters in the middle of a public roadway who jeopardize the safety of our families. This is a public safety bill that is meant to protect everyone’s right to peacefully protest and I look forward to seeing this commonsense legislation passed into law.”

Katie Jacobs lives in Chattanooga was one of thousands who did the Women’s March on Washington.

“It’s part of being involved,” said Katie Jacobs. “It’s part of being a citizen.”

Jacobs calls the bill discouraging.

“Oh you’re protesting so it’s your fault if you get hurt,” said Jacobs. “I feel like that’s the attitude some people would take. And that’s not the direction we want to go in.”

Others share that concern. Asyja Pryor is with Concerned Citizens for Justice and attends rallies and protests in Chattanooga.

“I think that is is directly harmful for people who are trying to exercise their first amendment right,” said Asyja Pryor.

President of the Chattanooga Tea party Mark West says when he protested with his group – he never blocked traffic. For him, the bill comes down to law enforcement.

“It’s already a violation of the law to obstruct traffic and obstruct highways,” said Mark West. “When they’re doing that, we shouldn’t have citizens confront citizens. We should have law enforcement confront the violators of the law.”

The bill comes after Metro Nashville Police investigated claims of a man driving into protesters last month.

Safety is something – lawmakers and protesters – say needs to be at the forefront.

“No one wants lawless rioters in the street,” said Jacobs. “No one wants to see that kind of thing at all.”

  • TOMIAS

    If you are stupid enough to stand in the middle of a hiway or interstate and dare people to run over you than you should be hit and injured.

    • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

      GO AHEAD!!!
      RUN ME OVER, YOU SHIT-HEAD!!!
      MAKE MY DAY!!!
      IT IS A GREAT DAY TO DIE AND BECOME A MARTYR!!!
      MAY YOUR UGLY GAS-GUZZLER BE REDUCED TO MOLTEN SCRAP!!!

      • Mat

        Billy, you just going to do the same crap aren’t you? You just copied and posted your idiotic comment from anothers comment section. No original through process I see.

        • Beau Gavigan

          He’s a lunatic.

        • negative

          still won’t work cause this will start more problems. The police should stop this not citizens. Just putting more innocent citizens in jeopardy

    • negative

      Lol let’s see how you feel when your family is the one who gets ran over by a car.

      • Tim

        I’m sure his family has the brains to not cause random people issues while protesting like most of you as Sholes who break someone’s windows or trash they’re neighborhood who did nothing to you in the first place you guys kinda deserve it

  • Lil Donald

    Hopefully Ohio follows suit.

  • welldone

    This is a very GOOD law,,about time common sense prevailed…. well done!!

    • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

      OVER MY DEAD BODY!!
      GO AHEAD!!!
      RUN ME OVER, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH!!!
      MAKE MY DAY!!!
      MY SPIRIT WILL BE VERY HAPPY TO RISE
      UP FROM THE DEAD AND HAUNT YOU
      TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND SABOTAGE
      YOUR UGLY MOTORIZED PIECE-OF-SHIT MONSTROSTY

      • Mat

        Billy if you are too stupid to stand in the middle of a road then you will get run over. Nothing is funnier than watching you libtards flying in the air. And being a martyred ghost? What the hell is that suppose to mean? One you are not a martyred for anything and two you are in violation of the law by obstructing traffic. Continue to whine and cry. It gets you nowhere.

      • Beau Gavigan

        Dude… Tell you what. Let me know exactly when and where you’ll be protesting in Tennessee and I’ll come there.

      • JTTRI

        You are a special kind of stupid, GO TRUMP

      • NerdExtrodinare

        Then it’s a good thing for us that ghosts don’t exist.

      • Hugo Sikora

        You need psychiatric help or get back on your meds

      • Brian C

        Billy your an idiot. Don’t block the street like an idiot and you have nothing to worry about. People have jobs and lives and children and emergencies to deal with and your petty stupid moronic whiney snowflake ass protesting is petty. Grow up act like an adult. Dumbass

        • AnnnnditsGone

          You’re ** the idiot

          • Brian C

            so dipsh&t your saying its ok to block traffic and if someones dies in an ambulance trying to get though traffic thats ok???? which has already happened by the way… your about the stupidest human ive ever met. http://www.infowars.com/report-anti-trump-protesters-block-ambulance-father-of-4-year-old-girl-dies/ what if that was one of your relatives this happened to?? stupid effing moron

          • noonespecial

            Um they was just correcting the spelling. Highly doubt they was calling you an idiot.

          • Brian C

            go eff yourself moron

      • jerry

        Don’t protest in the street…dumbass.

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          I’ll protest anywhere i damn well please!!!
          SHIT-HEAD!!!

          • jerry

            Then don’t cry like the bitch you are when people like me plow you’re stupid ass.

          • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

            UP YOUR NOSE WITH A GARDEN HOSE!!
            DON’T TRY TO PUSH IT OR ELSE IT’S WORLD WAR III!!!

          • FAS

            And if it’s in the street you’ll likely die. Better stay safe in your mothers basement. What a loser.

          • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

            YOU”RE THE ONE THAT’S A LOSER!!!!
            PERHAPS YOU PREFER TO HAVE A SHOWER OF NUCLEAR MISSILES
            OBLITERATE TN FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH!!!
            DON’T TRY TO PUSH IT, MOONSHINE BREATH!!
            I JUST MIGHT EXPLODE LIKE A DOOMSDAY BOMB!!!

      • Carlos Rodriguez

        That’s not the way death works.. you’re not going to come back as a ghost. You’ll just lay there dead in your coffin and will forever be a silent protestor from afar hahaha

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          On the contrary, infidel!!!
          Be afraid….Be very afraid!!!
          I’ve been dead many times,
          but I keep on coming back!!!
          I guess you prefer your
          home-town to be invaded by an army of zombies!!
          ~May Your Wife Get A Hickey From Count Dracula~

      • Carlos Rodriguez

        And on top of that you’re going to be roadkill pizza just before you flatline

      • BigT89

        Ah but someone here has an overinflated ego

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          I don’t fear death, infidel!!!
          HOKAHE`!!!
          IT IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE!!

      • saveourmoney

        Billy, that’s some seriously crazy shit.

        Stay out of the streets, and get some help.

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          I’ll destroy ANYBODY who runs over pedestrians with their ugly motorized monstrosities!!
          (including those who are expressing their First Amendment rights)

          I may even go a step further by revoking Tennessee’s statehood
          and declare war on the rogue state government!!!

      • FAS

        Okay. I don’t fear your death either.

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          Just be forewarned….
          I will rise up from the dead and haunt you to the ends of the Earth!!
          You might not believe in ghosts and poltergeists now, but you will
          when you see my apparition and your car plunges down a steep
          cliff, into oblivion…
          So be afraid….Be very afraid!!!

      • olecurtis1

        There just be another POS LYING dead in the middle of the road. Now you go ahead you SOB and try me .LMFAO

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          Ya’ talkin’ to me???
          Ya’ wanna piece of me????
          ~May A Deranged Genie Ram A Flying Carpet Into Your SUV~

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          YA’ TALKIN’ TO ME??
          YA’ WANNA PIECE OF ME???
          KEEP IT UP AND THERE WON’T BE
          A STATE OF TENNESSEE LEFT ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH!!!

        • noonespecial

          Don’t worry folks, his sorry ass has been reported for threatening content. He’ll be banned becore too long!

      • olecurtis1

        You better fear dead you son of a whore

        • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

          EAT SHIT!!!

      • Joseph Johnson

        And your ass will be just as dear, and no one will give a shit about your MARTYRED GHOST SPIRIT. SOME PEOPLE ARE SO FUCKING DUMB! !!

  • Dennise Johnston

    if you’re that dammed concerned… Stay out of the road!

  • gsphillips1

    They’re not going to find many people that disagree with this law. Stop people one their way to work, suffer the consequences!

    • Kevin

      Lol justwait till they start shooting at u

      • Mat

        Kevin. Who the protesters? Ha that’s a funny joke. Those libtards would shoot themselves since they don’t know how to work a gun.

  • Ashley

    Great, I hope they do this for all 50 states because when I’m on the road, all I care about is getting to wherever I have to go as quickly as possible!

    • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

      NOT WHEN MY SPIRIT RISES UP FROM THE DEAD
      AND HAUNTS YOU TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!!!

      • Mat

        Billy, quite whining and complain. Is that all libtards do all day? Yup, proves you have no life.

    • negative

      you’ll care when your ass get fucked up or shot for plowing people over. Hell the police can’t help you since hey it’s their job to keep the streets clear. Your ass will wake up wishing you said fuck it and took the extra 5 to take another route. Should always think of your safety first

      • jerry

        Safety first? Don’t protest in streets.

  • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

    OVER MY DEAD BODY!!!!
    I DARE YOU TO RUN ME OVER AN KILL ME!!
    I DOUBLE-DARE YOU!!
    JUST BE FOREWARNED THAT IF I DIE BEFORE
    YOU DO, MY SPIRIT SHALL RISE UP FROM THE GRAVE
    AND SABOTAGE THE BRAKES YOUR VEHICLE AND YOU WILL
    PLUNGE INTO OBLIVION!!
    AN EYE FOR AN EYE…A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH!!!!
    IF YOU RUN ME OVER AND KILL ME,
    MY SPIRIT WILL COME BACK FROM THE
    DEAD AND YOU WILL BE DESTROYED!!

    • noonespecial

      Dude your arse needs some Xanax! Chilld tf out you damned troll!

      • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

        Then prepare for TN to lose its star in the U.S. flag!!
        Because of this barbaric legislation,
        I shall no longer recognize Tennessee as
        part of the United States!!!
        I’ve already shunned North Dakota and Arizona!!!
        Don’t try to push my buttons,
        ’cause I’m on the warpath like Crazy Horse
        and sitting bull and I shall curse and destroy any politician
        who wastes taxpayer dollars, passing barbaric legislation!!
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4d711be18942c02c2b9370cc74cec872dc3179d837373dbbd78378631d45df11.jpg

    • Phil

      Dude ghosts ain’t real troll

      • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

        Just you wait, redneck infidel!!
        If I die before you do, I will rise up from
        the dead and haunt you and your home town
        to the ends of the Earth!!!
        I’ve been dead many times but I keep coming back,
        so, be afraid…..Be very afraid!!!
        I may be your worst nightmare!!!

        • olecurtis1

          Hahaha

  • Dr Doolittle

    TENNESSEE has the biggests DUMBASSES AND i say make a law making the idiots who think about laws to run over innocent people wear signs that say that they’re an idiot and a dumbass and they should not be allowed to breed and make more dumbasses……..DUMBASS!!!

    • Make Bootcamp Hard Again

      Don’t stand in the road, you wouldn’t walk into traffic, why the fuck would you stand in it, you are the dumbass

  • Make Bootcamp Hard Again

    And then get charged with attempted homicide, endangering the public, and many more charges. Sure go stand in the road prick

  • STOSH

    “It’s already a violation of the law to obstruct traffic and obstruct highways,” said Mark West. “When they’re doing that, we shouldn’t have citizens confront citizens. We should have law enforcement confront the violators of the law.”
    What if i told you you cannot shoot a rapist that breaks into your home with your legal gun but in stead just call the police that are only 15min. away?

  • Lewis Goudy

    Since it is merely a bill and has not yet been enacted the headline is clickbait (fake news).

  • Hugo Sikora

    Let me get this straight you’re protesting for rights who’s rights. Standing in the middle of the road you’re taking away my rights and forcing your beliefs on me .you’re doing just the opposite of what you’re protesting about what’s wrong with this picture

  • Jeri Baker

    They do need to be stopped blocking traffic. However this has to be handled works for me. I don’t want to see people hurt but I am so tired of the protester’s rights taking precedence over the law abiding citizens.

  • Tim

    This is good because when you protest your supposed to cause issues for the people causing the issue not a random person trying to get to their job or home which unfortunately protesters love to destroy people’s homes and businesses without any care so I’d hit the he’ll out of them with my car too.

  • http://fieldlines.com Bill Wallner

    I belive the law should step in and break up any kind of road blocking protesters…..but if they gang up around your car…..and start breaking in..then and only then would I take action….

    • PapaFrank McWain

      Wait, that’s way diff than running over protesters! You sound like trouble waiting to happen!

  • PapaFrank McWain

    Really? Are you all inbred? I read these post and think, how in the hell is America ever gonna be great with people making shit like this Happen, then commenting how great it is! So when I have to go out on the picket line for our strike you gonna come at me? Hmmm, talk is cheap. Thugs!

    • Jason Wander

      Don’t protest IN THE FUCKING ROAD and it won’t be a problem, numbnuts.

  • Tyler

    Sounds like State sanctioned violence if you ask me

  • noonespecial

    Good! Rioters have no place in the roads and highways obstructing traffic so folks can’t get home safely to their parents! Peaceful protests means staying in designated areas. The women’s march #notmymarch had a permit to have a protest/march where they were in the roads.

  • Brandon A.

    Things are gonna get bad when some little ghetto home pulls out his gun and starts shooting at oncoming vehicles. Maybe we get lucky and he hits an idiot protester instead.

    • Phil

      I carry an ar15 and 200 rounds of ammo in my vehicle plus my sidearm go ahead and pull your piece of shit highpoint I’ll enjoy blowing of yall pussy ass liberals heads while I’m about a hundred yards away laughing like hell

  • WHATEVER

    about time o ya, can we sue the protester for damages to the car if they live? i hope so.

  • saveourmoney

    I haven’t read the bill, but here’s what it needs in a nutshell:

    1. Anyone who attempts to block a road as part of a protest is endangering themselves and the general public and is subject to arrest; protection against self endangerment and protection of public safety trumps any 1st Amendment claim to the right to protest in a road.
    2. Anyone who attempts to block a road as part of a protest is not eligible to sue for civil damages if they are unintentionally injured by a motorist.
    3. Anyone who attempts to block a road as part of a protest and subsequently impairs the progress or access of any emergency service vehicle or personnel is subject to arrest and subsequent prosecution for impeding emergency services or similar charges.
    4. Anyone who attempts to block a road as part of a protest, and any group supporting the individuals who block the road, are subject to civil litigation for any economic damage the inflict through blocking, delaying, or impeding the free flow of goods and services.

    Protesters – by all means, scream and yell and waive ridiculous signs at the side of the road or in front of buildings or at public events. But stay the hell off the roads.

    • Brian Montwillo

      Here’s what the bill actually says:

      BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

      SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 29, Chapter 34, Part 2, is amended by adding the following as a new section:

      (a) A person driving an automobile who is exercising due care and injures another person who is participating in a protest or demonstration and is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way is immune from civil liability for such injury.

      (b) A person shall not be immune from civil liability if the actions leading to the injury were willful or wanton.

      SECTION 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017, the public welfare requiring it.

      • saveourmoney

        Thank you for posting that – I looked for it yesterday, but my search was compromised by a slow Internet connection.

  • Brian Hill

    II think with that shit Billy “The JaCkAss” is spewing may he should go out and protest right now.

  • mari98x

    I’m all for protesting, and I am pretty liberal myself. But holy fuck if I need to be somewhere please don’t stand in my way. That doesn’t make me want to listen to you, it just makes me want to run you over.

  • Lori Demetropolis

    Make sure this applies to parades as well since they obstruct traffic. Protesting has existed in America since our Forefathers decided they had enough of the English Monarchy. Even the Boston Tea Party obstructed traffic both on land and in the water way. This bill is evil and goes against everything America was founded on.

  • Clifford Lancaster

    Protesters have the right to shoot the driver in self defense. I’m quite sure that they have carry and probably open carry laws in Tennessee.

  • SomethingThatKillsPeople

    Stupid complainers! Lower wages! Protestors go hang your stupid immigrant worthless minority ass self fuckin stupid retards

  • Tim Webb

    Isn’t already illegal to be blocking traffic? If so why make more laws. Just enforce the law that is already on the books

  • Nyasa

    Omg! If it’s India the protesters will stone the vehicle, pull out the driver and lynch him.

  • FAS

    Go for it. Their first amendment rights don’t extend to them impeding the flow of traffic or the exercise of others to perform daily activities. Maybe “Love trumps hate”, but nothing trumps their stupidity.

  • Rich Dooley Jr.

    Did the moron who wrote this even read what it says???
    “Representative Matthew Hill (R–Jonesborough) sponsored the bill, and issued a statement saying, “We are not endorsing anyone running over a person with a car, whether it is protestors or anyone else. If someone intentionally harms a person, they are going to be charged with a crime, period.”

  • pat1946

    I never knew that Tenn. was such a fun state. everyone not protesting should get a brush guard. Get out your video equip. let the games begin. Points to be awarded for adults, children, dogs and cats. Seniors who cant run 1/2 points. Democrats and liberals wanted for practice dumbies.

  • Tom Mallon

    Billy, it sounds like you’re trying to become the next Ahmed the dead terrorist. You’ll just end up with some comiediens hand up your ass, moving your lips, and ranting about how your were killed”exercising your 1st amendment right” to protest, while ignoring everybody else’s right to pursue life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Well go ahead snowflake, stand in the middle of the highway, I’ll help arrange the meeting with your new boss!

  • Ali

    I agree with this law. This law has nothing to do with the First Amendment. It has to do with the stupidity of people using their protests to intentionally be disruptive and impose on people. It’s very simple. If you don’t want to get hit then don’t break the rules. A peaceful protest is not in the middle of the street holding up traffic. So it shouldn’t be complicated or a problem at all. Only those who decide to try and get in the way of on coming cars, disrupt traffic or do anything to be a pain in the middle of the street are going to have an issue with this law. And those people are obviously not peacefully protesting anyway. I’m all for this law. Get it done!

  • Tim

    “Oh you’re protesting so it’s your fault if you get hurt,” said Jacobs.
    No Jacobs, it’s your fault because you are in the middle of the road.

  • Teara

    If I’m driving and come up on some illegal protest in the streets, and I am carefully trying to drive past, and some jack ass jumps in front of my car, or on my car as I am doing so (This kind of thing has been documented) DAMN STRAIGHT IT’S NOT MY FAULT THEY GET HIT.
    THIS is what this law is protecting. Not some man who uses his car as a weapon. Get real people!!!
    It is no different then a person illegally crossing the road and is hit my an car. If the driver is not aiming to hit, or doing something illegal. The man walking is at fault not the driver. Same thing

  • doode

    People may have the right to protest but you DO NOT have the right to take away others rights of free passage by blocking highways. You DO NOT have the right to make people late for work, you DO NOT have the right to inconvenience others in any capacity. This is common sense. Don’t be stupid.

  • Theresa McCauley

    It still doesn’t mean they won’t sue you for injuries….

  • laundryman01

    Due to the way that they break windows and set cars on fire I would be in fear for my safety and have to run over someone in order to get away.

  • Ron Becker

    Why do I have to screw up my vehicle knocking the ignorant sheople out of my way? Make it legal for me to pull my AK47 out and empty a 75 round drum magazine in their sorry asses.

  • Billy “The WiZaRd” Angus

    NO, I’M NOT GONNA SHUT UP!!!
    I’M GONNA CONTINUE RANTING UNTIL THIS OLD
    EARTH IS BLOWN TO KINGDOM COME!!!
    YA’ WANNA PIECE OF ME, YOU SON-OF-A-BITCH???
    BRING IT ON, YA’ STUPID REDNECK INBRED ASSWIPE!!
    MEET ME AT AREA 51 NEXT TO MY SPACECRAFT FOR MORTAL COMBAT!!
    THAT’S IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH NOT TO GET
    YOUR SHIT-FACED ASS BLOWN OFF BY SOME
    MILITARY HOT-SHOT!!!