CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – The House of Delegates on Thursday passed a bill that would make it a crime to block roadways in protest.
House Bill 4885, introduced by Delegate Amy Summers (R-Taylor), would make it unlawful for individuals to block roadways.
Specifically, the bill addresses the intentional or reckless impeding of vehicular traffic by pedestrians, specifying actions such as walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, lying, or placing an object in a way that obstructs the passage of a vehicle on a roadway.
The bill outlines exceptions to these prohibitions, including individuals with permission to operate in the roadway from an appropriate governmental authority, law enforcement officers, or those directing traffic away from hazardous road conditions, obstacles, or accident scenes.
Emergency medical services personnel and law enforcement officers are also exempt when acting in their official capacity.
The bill passed on a 92-0 vote. It is now awaiting consideration in the Senate.