Under a newly proposed bill, drivers who run over protesters blocking the street in Tennessee would be immune from being sued in civil court for any injuries sustained by protesters while acting as speed bumps.

“…The bill says a driver would not be immune from civil liability – if the actions leading up to injuries were willful.

Sen. 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. Protesters 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.”

Rep. 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 protesters 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.”

I recommend, though, that before you go sport driving in Tennessee you install heavy duty grills or bumpers on your vehicles, similar to 19th century locomotive ‘cow catchers’. Also, just as when bowling, remember that you’ll knock more down if you get precisely the right angle of approach and build up a high rate of speed before impact. Beware of the really big Buffalina Jemimas, though, as they may get lodged under your chassis and cause your vehicle to lose traction, becoming centered. Follow-up drivers may experience hazardous driving due to localized oil slicks.

 

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