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0655, 14 Feb 17

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?


0655, 14 February 2017


  1. billphoto

    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

    Double thumbs up on that!!!

  3. insagtman

    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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