REPORT: Protesters Plan to Slow Traffic to a Crawl Along I-40 in North Carolina
Raleigh, NC – A group of protesters are planning a slow roll demonstration on Wednesday morning with the aim of bringing traffic to a crawl along a stretch of Interstate 40 in Raleigh.
According to the Raleigh News & Observer, a demonstration dubbed the “Young Americans Protest” is planned to begin today at 8:46 a.m. in observance of the 8 minutes and 46 seconds Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck before Floyd’s death.
Protesters are being asked to slow their vehicles down to 10 m.p.h. and navigate along a stretch of I-40 until 9:30 a.m.
The report identifies Zainab Baloch, a former Raleigh mayoral candidate, as a co-founder of the Young Americans Protest.
The protest is “meant to bring more attention to demands to defund police and hold them accountable,” the report states.
The Raleigh News & Observer quotes Baloch as saying, “The City Council has yet to do any kind of comprehensive police reform.”
Further, Baloch called the recent action by the City Council to increase the Raleigh Police Department’s budget by $1.1 million “unacceptable.”
Today’s planned demonstration is yet another example of protesters using America’s interstates to make their voices heard.
Our nation’s leaders and law enforcement have yet to enforce the Hobbs Act which is a federal law making it illegal to interfere with interstate commerce.
A single violation can be punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but so far, we have yet to see anyone charged and prosecuted with such an offense.
Still, such protests are causing consternation and some trouble for truckers across the country.
For example, earlier this month Transportation Nation Network (TNN) brought you the story of a Wisconsin business owner who received death threats after one of his semi-trucks collided with a vehicle actively involved in impeding the flow of traffic on a busy highway in Madison.
Read more on this story HERE.
If you are traveling through Raleigh this morning, please do so with caution.