Missouri's traffic-blocking regulations too lenient, lawmaker says

Michael Ronnebaum
October 11, 2017 - 6:30 am

A Missouri lawmaker wants to create stiffer penalties for people who intentionally block traffic. 

"I don't understand where the common sense breakdown went to think it is okay to just jump in front of a moving car," said Nick Schroer, a representative from O'Fallon.

Schroer plans to introduce legislation to create a stronger deterrant. Protestors in recent years have taken to streets across the country to march and hold up traffic.

Protests flared up again in the St. Louis area after a police officer was found not guilty in the shooting death of a heroin dealer following a high speed chase.    

"In our state it is illegal to impede traffic," Schroer said. "It is a low level misdemeanor."

Schroer has not determined what the penalty enhancements should be.

Schroer says the demonstrations create unintended consequences.  Last year in Boston Black Lives Matter protestors blocked traffic, causing dangerous delays for emergency workers.

"First responders had to take immediate action and start procedures on an individual they had in their ambulance, because they were stuck in traffic due to these protests," Schroer said.

A similar measure introduced by Missouri state rep Nick Marshall died in committee last March. Shroer believes his bill will be debated in December.

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