North Dakota legislator bill protects motorists who obstruct negligently hit someone in traffic

Route 1806, which runs alongside the Oceti Sakowin camp is to demonstrate as “water protectors” against the plans to pass, the Dakota Access pipeline in addition to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota.


A legislator in North Dakota-sponsored a bill that would supposedly drivers who accidentally hit pedestrians block the traffic to protect.

The Star Tribune reported on Monday that the law is a reaction to the protests in the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, and sponsored by state Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman.

“If you are on the road, stay away, this would never be an issue,” he told the newspaper. “Those who go motorists to drive over the legal exercise of their right, down the road….Those people that do not ask.”

Kempenich said the paper, the right, the intention is to shift the blame from the driver to the person that was in the road that should not have been there. According to the report, kempnich said he was worried about in a panic driver, you see a mob of protesters to come in your direction and hit the gas instead of the break.

“You can protest all you want, but you can’t protest to a roadway. It is dangerous for anyone,” he told the newspaper.

The protest against the Standing Rock is opposed to the project-transportation North Dakota oil 1,200 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The construction is almost completely outside of the track under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in South-North-Dakota.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne river Sioux tribes to fight against the pipeline, because the tribes believe that it is the drinking water threatened – both by sea and cultural sites. ETP disputes, and keeps the pipeline is safe.

Opponents have protested for months in the South of North Dakota, with almost 600 arrests since August. The protests cost North Dakota law enforcement authorities an estimated $22 million, the report said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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