What is the current law regarding those who engage in protests that block traffic on major roads and endamger public safety? This morning’s protests, which tied up traffic on 93S and 93N during rush hour, prevented a car crash victim in Easton from being transported to BMC, a Level 1 Trauma Center, and instead that victim was transported to a Brockton hospital. Even if this person survives, not having access to the appropriate level of medical care in a timely manner could adversely affect the patient’s recovery and could result in permanent irreversible injury.
Protesters who are arrested, charged and convicted of blocking highways should be responsible for repaying the cost of police and fire fighters who respond to the situation, just for starters. Additionally, if any person suffers injury due to inability or delay in accessing appropriate medical attention, protesters should be held criminally and civilly liable.
If current laws are not stringent enough to punish protesters and dissuade future protesters from breaking laws and endangering public safety, I believe legislation should be introduced that would address this problem. I am not an attorney, but if I can assist in introducing such legislation, I would be willing to help out in any way.