US Governor to Sign Bill Protecting Emergency Vehicles From Rioters

US Governor to Sign Bill Protecting Emergency Vehicles From Rioters

( – During the 2020 riots, criminals damaged hundreds of police vehicles across the country costing cities upwards of $1 million. If that weren’t destructive enough, some protesters actually blocked emergency vehicles from doing their job. That is a bridge too far, according to one governor.

On May 22, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) vowed to sign a bill to protect emergency vehicles.

House Bill 9 states that any person who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” blocks an emergency vehicle while it’s “operating its emergency lights or siren” will be charged with a state jail felony. It will also be a felony to block the entrance to a hospital or jail. Anyone convicted of such a crime would face a minimum of 10 days in jail as a condition of their community supervision.

The bill wouldn’t just protect emergency vehicles, obviously. It also protects people who have fallen ill or been injured from unnecessary delays in treatment or transport to a hospital. For some emergencies, every minute counts and blocking an emergency vehicle could result in unnecessary death.

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