Surely Ky. won’t legalize plowing over protesters

Published 10:01 am Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Kentucky will have achieved a new low if our state legislature passes — or even considers — a bill pre-filed by Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, R-Madison County.

In any other universe it would seem insane that a bill would contain language saying motorists “may not be held criminally or civilly liable for causing injury or death to a person” who is blocking traffic during an unpermitted protest. Meanwhile, the bill states, in said protest, anyone who impedes the flow of traffic is liable to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Is the driver supposed to stop, check with someone about a permit and if he finds the protesters have none, proceed, without fear of prosecution, to clear the street with his vehicle?

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We certainly don’t encourage protesters to break the law, but to even entertain the notion that it’s OK to hit — even kill — them with impunity if they slow a vehicle on its way to wherever, is just insane. Or, as Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, said, “It’s absolutely immoral.”

Flood added: “. and we all know it.” However, apparently, we don’t, or the gentleman from Madison County wouldn’t have put pen to paper — or fingers to keyboard — to execute such a thing as this ridiculous bill.

It seems, too, that legislators in at least a half-dozen other states filed so-called “right-to-drive” bills with a similar intent in mind: to protect motorists from prosecution if protesters happen to inconvenience them on their rounds. As testimony to some remaining sanity, none has become law.

In a person vs. vehicle scenario, the one that weighs a couple of tons always wins!

If this bill gets passed, we need to redouble our soul-searching and the words, likely espoused by the penner of thing, to “love thy neighbor as thyself” . even if you don’t agree with him.

The State Journal of Frankfort