Owens Works to Criminalize Highway Obstruction

Mar 07, 2024

WASHINGTON – Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) helped introduce the Safe Passage on Interstates Act, legislation to criminalize any intentional obstruction of highways that occurs without proper authorization. 

“Over the weekend, hundreds of pro-Palestine protestors in Utah shut down a highway overpass and blocked traffic – just the latest in a pattern of senseless disruptions across the nation,” said Rep. Owens. “Americans are free to express their views, but not at the expense of law-abiding citizens on the road. The Safe Passage on Interstates Act makes it illegal to block, obstruct, or impede traffic, allowing law enforcement the tools to act.” 

Bill text is available here.


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