Tennessee Bill Protects Motorists from Accidentally Hitting Protesters

I’d like to see this in Wisconsin.

A bill has been proposed in the Tennessee State Legislature that says people who happen to hit a protester blocking traffic will be immune from civil suits brought against them by said protester.

Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) introduced the bill that protects motorists from civil lawsuits should they accidentally hit someone protesting in the middle of a street or highway. However, the bill does say that the protester may still file a civil suit against the driver should the accident be deemed intentional.

I’d also like to see a bill protecting motorists who hit protesters if they feel they are in danger. For example, when a group of protesters surround a car and are threatening, shouldn’t the driver just be able to floor it and get out of there without worrying about getting sued later?

3 Responses to Tennessee Bill Protects Motorists from Accidentally Hitting Protesters

  1. billphoto says:

    Agreed.  The alternative is when the windows break and the protesters decided to pull someone out of their car, the driver can then claim a threat to his/her safety and defend themselves using deadly force.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Double thumbs up on that!!!

  3. insagtman says:

    Darn, Tennessee keeps beating WI to the really good legislative ideas. Maybe we could pass a law putting a bounty on the protesters? This could become a tourist attraction, give people a reason to line some urban streets on protest day in order to watch the competition.

     

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