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Offline andyassur

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Anti-Protest Bills
« on: August 01, 2018, 10:30:12 AM »
if there wasnt enough problems with protests


https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/where-protests-flourish-anti-protest-bills-follow
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Legislators in North Dakota introduced a cascade of bills that would allow drivers to run over protesters obstructing a highway, as long as the drivers did so accidentally

https://legiscan.com/ND/text/1203/2017

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32-03.2-02.2. Liability exemption for motor vehicle driver.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who, while exercising
reasonable care, causes injury or death to an individual who is intentionally obstructing
vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway may not be held liable for any damages.

i think they are wording this in a way that you cant tell what its implying. beacuse if there is a large group of people in the street your an idoit or an asshole if you dont stop.
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Re: Anti-Protest Bills
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 10:21:34 PM »
if there wasnt enough problems with protests


https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/where-protests-flourish-anti-protest-bills-follow
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Legislators in North Dakota introduced a cascade of bills that would allow drivers to run over protesters obstructing a highway, as long as the drivers did so accidentally

https://legiscan.com/ND/text/1203/2017

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32-03.2-02.2. Liability exemption for motor vehicle driver.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who, while exercising
reasonable care, causes injury or death to an individual who is intentionally obstructing
vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway may not be held liable for any damages.

i think they are wording this in a way that you cant tell what its implying. beacuse if there is a large group of people in the street your an idoit or an asshole if you dont stop.
Most of these I didn't seem to focus on the driving part but on how they could find that balance of not obstructing protests while lettings other live their lives. They make a great point in the first link that driving isn't a right and protesting IS a right. Where I think they need to get is that someone going out of their way to damage someones property isn't protesting anymore because now it becomes vandalism or even assault (which are both obviously illegal). If you're blocking someones car from leaving but they're driving slow you can't blame the car anymore because they it becomes a form a suicide or self mutilation. It's such a fine line that no one will be happy.
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