Target: Representative Al Carson, North Dakota House Majority Leader
Goal: Hold motor vehicle drivers liable for hitting, injuring or killing pedestrians participating in street protests.
Drivers of motor vehicles may be exempt from legal consequences if they hit, injure or kill a pedestrian obstructing traffic in a public road or highway in North Dakota, if a new bill passes. As long as the driver’s actions are “negligent” and unintentional, the pedestrian would be the one held responsible for “intentionally putting themselves in danger” by taking to the streets to protest. The move is clearly meant to discourage the expression of political dissent that forms the basis of our democracy.
This proposed bill comes in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, which took over streets and obstructed traffic. The protests were peaceful and entirely legal. This bill would be a clear violation of citizens’ right to assemble and voice their opinions, particularly when politicians may not agree with those opinions. Sign below to defend the rights of American citizens to have their own opinions and to express them in peaceful protests, without having to fear for their safety and their lives.
Dear Representative Carson,
A proposed bill that exempts motor vehicle drivers from legal consequences if they hit, injure or kill a protester in the street is an extremely dangerous violation of human rights. Our country was founded on the right of its citizens to assemble, peacefully protest and express political dissent. This bill would trample on those rights.
Under this bill, pedestrian protesters exercising their legal right to voice their opinions would have to fear for their lives and their safety, knowing that injury or even death could befall them with absolutely no consequence to the perpetrator. Even in cases of unintentional injury or death, the negligent driver must be held accountable. This bill could encourage those who disagree with protesters to cause harm without fear of consequence. I urge you to protect the basic rights that formed the democracy that is America. Do not allow drivers to run over pedestrian protesters without any legal liability.
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