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ND bill aimed at protests would limit penalties for drivers who hit road-blocking pedestrians | INFORUM

18.1.17

ND bill aimed at protests would limit penalties for drivers who hit road-blocking pedestrians | INFORUM: House Bill 1203, whose prime sponsor is Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, would eliminate a driver’s liability for damages if he or she negligently injures or kills someone who is “obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway.” Injuring or killing a road-obstructing pedestrian would also be free from criminal penalty if the driver struck the person unintentionally.

Kempenich said the bill was prompted by experiences his mother-in-law had while driving south of Mandan, where protesters have massed in opposition to the $3.8 billion crude oil pipeline, sometimes closing roads or causing delays or other problems for passing motorists.


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