Illinois State Police Warn Convoy Participants Supporting Ukraine or Truckers Heading to Washington D.C. to Stay Legal

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Illinois State Police SUV (PHOTO CREDIT: Illinois State Police/Facebook)
Illinois State Police SUV (PHOTO CREDIT: Illinois State Police/Facebook).

By Greg Bishop | The Center Square

(The Center Square) – According to the Illinois State Police, a convoy causing “traffic delays and potentially crashes” is planned over the next few days. The Illinois State police are warning participants of the legal consequences.

The Saturday afternoon announcement from ISP said “officials have become aware of a planned event along several interstate corridors scheduled from Saturday, February 26, 2022 – Saturday, March 5, 2022, where truck drivers plan to conduct a ‘convoy’ causing traffic delays and potentially crashes.”

“Though the Illinois State Police respects the rights of citizens to express their opinions in a lawful manner, there is great concern with any event that is designed to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic,” ISP Division of Patrol Colonel Margaret McGreal said in a statement. “Traffic backups are a major contributing cause to traffic crashes which lead to property damage, personal injury, and even death. A planned event designed to impede normal traffic flow is dangerous to the innocent motoring public.”

Reports indicate several independent convoys from across the country could be heading to Washington D.C. in the run-up or shortly after President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address on March 1, 2022.

“Those who choose to participate in events that intentionally endanger the public and violate Illinois law will be subject to the enforcement of applicable laws and could potentially be held liable for traffic crashes occurring as a result of their actions,” McGreal said. “The Illinois State Police urges all motorists to abide by traffic laws for the safety of all.”

Comments reacting to a Facebook social media post from the Illinois State Police Saturday February 26, 2022 at 3:14 p.m. ranged from supporting the truckers to opposition of the truckers. An argument thread in the comments existed regarding whether the protest was about masks, vaccines or general civil liberties. Other threads discussed the safety of convoys or comparisons to BLM riots and looting, and comparisons to the war in Ukraine.



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