Tennessee Lawmakers Submit Bill That Would Give Civil Immunity To Drivers Who Hit Protesters

A Tennessee Senator has filed legislation which would make the driver of a vehicle immune to civil liability if they hit a protester.

SB944 was filed by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) on Thursday in the Senate. In the House, Rep. Matthew Hill filed the same legislation as sponsor.

The bill states: “A person driving an automobile who is exercising due care and injures another person who is participating in a protest or demonstration and is blocking traffic in a public right-of-way is immune from civil liability for such injury.”

The bill then adds: “a person shall not be immune from civil liability if the actions leading to the injury were willful or wanton.”

Ketron and Hill provided the following statement regarding the bill:

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous, is my initial reaction,” said local resident Joanne Wesner.