Three Women Arrested in I-40 Protest That Caused 10-Mile Traffic Backup

Raleigh, NC – Three protesters were arrested yesterday during a “slow roll” protest along Interstate 40 through Raleigh, NC that resulted in a 10-mile traffic backup.

A group of protesters calling for the defunding of the Raleigh Police Department demonstrated on Wednesday morning and brought traffic to a crawl along a stretch of I-40.

The protest was dubbed the “Young Americans Protest” and began at 8:46 a.m. in observance of the 8 minutes and 46 seconds Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck.


Multiple local news outlets with reporters on the scene said “hundreds” of motorists participated by slowing their vehicles down to 10 m.p.h. while traveling in the westbound lanes.

The theme of the protest was “Slow Down to Stop Racism,” according to CBS 17.

While it is unclear if interfering with interstate commerce and impeding the flow of traffic will accomplish the group’s stated goals, what is clear is they were successful in creating a traffic nightmare.

Officials with the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP) said the protest resulted in a 10-mile traffic backup.

During the course of the demonstration, NCHP pulled over and arrested three motorists.


The NCHP identified three women, Rachel Jones, 35, of Carrboro; Kristina Breneman, of Raleigh; and Taari Coleman, 27, of Raleigh, and charged them each with careless and reckless driving and impeding traffic.

Video from the scene reveals NCHP stopped the flow of traffic completely for a few minutes in order to safely apprehend the female protesters.


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The protest lasted until until approximately 9:30 a.m., but officials said traffic remained backed up for quite some time.

“This morning’s protest on one of our state’s major thoroughfares placed motorists in needless danger,” Colonel Glenn McNeill of the NCHP said following the protest, according to WRAL. “The actions demonstrated by the protesters involved increased the probability for collisions to occur, potentially resulting in serious injury or death.”


No collisions were reported.

Truckers and many motorists continue to express frustration about protesters blocking and impeding interstates and bridges, yet such demonstrations continue to be planned in cities across America.

Despite laws making the interference of interstate commerce a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to prioritize cracking down on this growing trend.



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  1. Well does it surprise anyone that Quote ” laws making the interference of interstate commerce a federal crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to prioritize cracking down on this growing trend.” That the DOJ hasn’t taken any action on this? Of course it doesn’t! But if the Truckers had a problem and had a slow roll with traffic you can surely bet that the truckers would have the book thrown at them Big Time.
    And why is this? It’s not like this is the first time anything like this protest has happened. At least the 3 woman didn’t get out there in the highway and stand in traffic. But still law enforcement is not cracking down on these young protesters like they would with others.
    Actually the way I see it is that these protestors get away with stuff like this because of the Mayors of these cities where this stuff is happening are a bunch of Cowards. They much rather give into the protestors instead of stopping them in their tracks. If you have a problem and your police force can not handle the situation, then I know a group of men and woman who could stop these thugs in their tracks. Call in the National Guard, let the N. G. show these thugs who’s boss.


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