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[–] Possibly_a_Carrot 3 points 14 points (+17|-3) ago 

It varies by state, but in most places if someone is intentionally obstructing the motorway, you have no legal responsibility if you hit them. This is why jay-walking and obstructing flow of traffic laws are on the books.

There would be a lot of social backlash for you from BLM monkeys, but legally, the police would probably just ticket the person you hit with jay-walking and destruction of private property (your vehicle).

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[–] Copernicus 1 points 17 points (+18|-1) ago 

Oy vey!

If someone is stopped in a highway (as the OP stated) and decides to plow through a group (or individual) protester, I can assure you that the outcome would not be as you described.

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[–] Possibly_a_Carrot 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

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[–] ChicagoSunroof 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Especially with Ms. Lynch as our attorney general!

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[–] SilverBanana 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That is wishful thinking. If you hit somebody while jaywalking, you are responsible for manslaughter, unless there was nothing you could do to prevent it (e.g. they were walking in a place you could not conceivably see from your vehicle).

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[–] 5795275 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I wonder if that applies if you come to a complete stop and then decide to keep driving or only if it was an "accident".

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[–] birds_sing 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

The law is kinda fucked up and contradictory. If a lone person decides to walk across a highway they are jaywalking and obstructing traffic. They're breaking the law. But they "technically" have the right of way. You're expected (as a driver) to avoid hitting them, while they're in the process of breaking the law.

If you do hit them, you're in the wrong (even though they were breaking the law when it happened). If it was completely unavoidable, like if they were dressed all in black, it was night, and you were alert with your headlights on, and it was completely unavoidable on your part then you're not in the wrong. But in any other incident, a lone person crossing the highway "technically" has the right of way.

As for protest lines, remember this quote: "Someone pointed a gun at me! Or that's what it looked like anyways." You can run over whoever you want if you use this line. Or you can use it to justify slowly creeping through the protest line as long as you kinda duck down (people will be filming you). Just understand that you'll have to fill out police reports and stuff.

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[–] Possibly_a_Carrot 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My understanding is that if you come to a complete stop, you are at that point potentially culpable unless the person/persons you stopped for begin being threatening. If they're simply standing there peacefully you are expected to wait for an officer to remove them, else you could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon (if nobody dies), or vehicular manslaughter.

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[–] RedditDead2005-2015 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

That's assuming the driver doesn't see them. If there are no police coordinating traffic and it's sundown, only a dummy would stand in the middle of a highway. What are protesters going to tell the police? "Well, we were standing in the middle of the highway and these drivers just plowed through us as if we weren't there."