State Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) filed House Bill 250 last month that would protect motorists who hit demonstrators “blocking traffic in a public right-of-way” if the river exercises “due care.” Red isn’t sure how you would determine if a driver used due care in hitting a protestor or why you would want to provide such protection to a motorist. What’s so gall-danged important that you need to drive through a throng blocking a street anyway? If it’s a life and death situation, it is also pretty unlikely to involve your average driver in their Toyota. The bill would not change any criminal laws, but would make it more difficult to hold someone civilly liable in such cases.
Predictably, Fallon caught a lot of flack for his tone deafness in this matter and was outraged that anyone would take umbrage with making it potentially less – shall we say, troublesome – to run over a demonstrator. The Dallas Morning News has more here.