Bill giving civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters draws protests

A group of protesters rallied in front of radio station WHCB Tuesday to protest a bill sponsored by Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, that would grant civil immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure protesters, reports the Johnson City Press.

The protesters chose the radio station at 2175 Hwy 75 because Hill hosts his radio show, Bible Buddies, at that station and does not have a local office.

If passed, the bill, HB0668, would take effect July 1 and protesters injured by drivers would not be able to sue them. Hill specified that the bill would not protect drivers who intentionally or carelessly injure protesters from criminal charges.

“We want to remind Matthew Hill that he does have constituents, and we are paying attention to the bills that he has written and introduced within the last several days, and they did not come from us,” event organizer Ruth Taylor Read said. “He’s not representing us and we want him to know that.”

… Read said Indivisible Tri-Cities invited state representatives for a meeting at Covenant Presbyterian church in Kingsport on Sunday, but so far only Rep. Bud Husley has agreed to meet with members of the group.

“We are tired of them representing their own personal interests instead of our own,” she said. “That’s not what we pay them to do. And now we are paying attention, we’re watching. We’re holding them accountable.”

4 Responses to Bill giving civil immunity to drivers who hit protesters draws protests

  • Jerry McDonough says:

    PASS THE LAW! I’m tired of “protestors” impeding my Constitutional Rights to live my life as I see necessary. “Protestors Rights end where mine begin.

  • David A. Collins says:

    I would say that this is the dumbest piece of legislation ever, but then, there are so many other worthy contenders for that position. It is embarrassing that our general assembly appears to get dumber and dumber with every election. The intent of this bill is obvious to anyone and that is to allow, if not encourage, drivers who happen to disagree with the position of lawful protesters position on whatever they happen to be protesting about, to run them down and avoid liability if they can do so in a crafty enough fashion to convince a judge or jury that they didn’t mean to hit them. BAD IDEAS equals BAD LAWS. CAN THIS ONE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nora Robertson says:

    This is a bad law that encourages by-stander drivers to commit a crime and lie about how and why it happened. Protestors should have the same protections as other pedestrians enjoy. Matthew Hill is going astray.

  • Tired of The Whinning says:

    Stopping traffic in roadways is NOT protesting and is AGAINST the law. Does the person in that ambulance trying to get to emergency medical care not have any rights? Is it OK to stop a fire truck from saving someone’s home? If government officials and police are just going to stand around with their heads in dark warm places and permit these criminals to break the law, then citizens should have the right to run over these idiots. Most of these imbeciles participating in these lawless activities as evidenced by live interviews, can’t even tell us what they are protesting in the first place.

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