Governor Passes Law to Protect Drivers During Riots

Governor Passes Law to Protect Drivers During Riots

( – The nation remains tense after experiencing months of so-called peaceful protests, many of which turned into riots, in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020. A Minnesota jury convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin for his role in Floyd’s death earlier this week. But, after nearly a year of turmoil at the hands of Black Lives Matter activists and Antifa members, some states are taking action to protect their citizens.

On April 22, Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a new bill into law protecting motorists who accidentally harm protesters or rioters blocking public roads and highways. State Republican Rep. Kevin West authored the bill.

The purpose of HB 1674 is to provide legal protections for drivers who have a “reasonable belief” they are in danger and harm or kill someone while “fleeing from a riot.”

The new statute also amends current law and now classifies the unlawful obstruction of a roadway as a misdemeanor carrying up to a $5,000 fine and a year in prison upon conviction.

It’s a sad day when legislatures have to step in and write new laws to protect people from prosecution for fleeing from dangerous protesters and rioters.

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