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Monday, January 16, 2017

North Dakota bill would protect drivers who hit those obstructing traffic

After months of protestors blocking highways in North Dakota, one state legislator wants to protect drivers who hit people obstructing traffic.

Jennifer Brooks at the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, would protect drivers from legal consequences if they inadvertently hit, injure or kill pedestrians who are obstructing traffic.

The legislation is a direct response to the massive protests around the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Kempenich said. The ongoing protests have shut down a nearby highway for months and stalled construction of a pipeline that would carry crude from the North Dakota oil patch.

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North Dakota

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