ND Lawmaker Introduces Bill that Would Hold Driver Who Unintentionally Runs Over a Protester Innocent of a Crime
Protesters on side of Highway 1806. Photo Courtesy of Honor the Earth – Sarah Little Redfeather Kalmanson
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — The opposition of the Dakota Access pipeline by water protectors has moved a North Dakota lawmaker to introduce legislation that would allow a motorist who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual who is obstructing traffic on a public roadway innocent of a crime.
Rep. Keith Kempenich (Republican) has introduced a bill that says, in part:
“A driver of a motor vehicle who negligently causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway may not be held liable for any damages;
A driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway is not guilty of an offense.”
The bill is passed into state law would not extend to a driver who intentionally causes injury or death to a protester.
The North Dakota’s House of Transportation Committee will take up the bill this Friday.