Target: Keith Kempenich, North Dakota Representative
Goal: Don’t allow motorists to run over protesters without punishment as long as it was allegedly unintentional.
It may soon be legal to “accidentally” run over protesters on the road, thanks to a bill introduced by North Dakota Representative Keith Kempenich. This is a disgusting bill that will put peaceful protesters’ lives in danger if it becomes law. Sign this petition to stop this bill and protect protesters.
Representative Kempenich introduced the bill as what he says is a direct response to protesters of the environmentally dangerous Dakota Access Pipeline, who blocked traffic as part of their peaceful protests. The aim of the bill is to deter protesters and supposedly protect frustrated drivers who run over these protesters by mistake.
Representative Kempenich has called these protests “terrorism” and says he wants people to be able to drive without fear of running into somebody and being liable. This legislation leaves the door open for people to run over protesters on purpose under the guise of an accident. This bill puts people’s lives at risk. Demand Representative Kempenich stop this heinous bill.
Dear Representative Kempenich,
It’s disgusting that someone who is elected to serve the people has introduced a bill that would put people’s lives at risk without any consequences for their deaths. This bill is an attempt to silence peaceful protestors who have every right to be protesting.
Rather than trying to discourage peaceful protests, you should be working to address the concerns of these citizens. Instead, you are making it legal for them to get injured or killed. I demand you stop this bill and work to protect protestors and address their concerns.
[Your Name Here]
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