(TheRedWire.com) – American citizens enjoy the right to protest their government when they feel wronged thanks to the Bill of Rights. Over the course of the last year, people across America took to the streets to exercise that very right. Yet, like most Constitutional rights, the right to protest has some restrictions. Endangering the public is one of them. In Texas, the government will no longer tolerate protestors who block streets and prevent emergency vehicles from saving lives.
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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would sign a bill that would severely punish those who purposely block emergency vehicles while their lights are flashing, sirens are blaring, or when they are trying to enter a hospital entrance. The new law will increase the penalty from a Class B misdemeanor to a state jail felony. The governor said the State of Texas would not tolerate this chaotic behavior.
In an emergency, seconds matter when it comes to saving lives. State Rep. Stephanie Klick (R) wrote the bill. She said that while protecting peaceful protests is important, no right allows protestors to prohibit emergency vehicles from protecting or saving a life.
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