Skip to comments.Truckers protest doesn’t strain Beltway as feared
Posted on 04/29/2007 7:30:23 AM PDT by James W. Fannin
Truckers protest doesnt strain Beltway as feared
Natalie McGill, The Examiner Apr 24, 2007 3:00 AM (5 days ago) Current rank: # 1,923 of 5,158 WASHINGTON - The first day of a three-day truckers protest planned for interstates nationwide had little to no impact on Capital Beltway traffic Monday morning and afternoon.
SaveAmericaFund.org, based out of California, asked truckers across America to rally together and create slow-rolling road blocks in protest of a change in U.S. Department of Transportation policy making it easier for Mexican-owned trucks to traverse the nation.
But Maryland State Police spokesman Arthur Betts said nothing came of the planned protest locally and there was normal traffic flow on Interstate 495. Betts could only guess as to why the backup never happened.
I dont know how they went about sponsoring it, Betts said. Maybe there were scheduling problems or even problems with fuel costs. I feel they may have been seeking independent truckers. Click here to find out more!
Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Joan Morris said she could not speculate as to why she saw no signs of the protest, but like Betts, reported no impact on traffic preceding the regular morning rush hour.
Our traffic controllers did not see anything out of the ordinary, Morris said.
While on her way to the state capital in Sacramento, Calif., Wanda Piety, head of SaveAmericaFund.org said the protest was alive and well. After her interview yesterday morning on the Drew Raines radio show, broadcast from out of Arkansas, Raines called Piety to inform her he could see a number of truckers on the local interstate through a live traffic camera. Piety said she also heard reports of slow-rolling trucks on Interstate 5 in San Diego, but that information about other areas, such as the D.C. metro area, come less frequently because she lives on the West Coast.
I would just keep watching because its supposed to go on for three days, Piety said.
A SUCCESS IN SPITE OF GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE
TO ALL RALLY PARTICIPANTS:
MANY of us showed up but were not allowed to protest as we later discovered. Monday morning, April 23, about 11 AM, Drew Raines of A Marines Disquisition radio show, told me he could see on a live traffic cam for Montgomery county in D.C., truckers lined up on the northbound I 95 into the D.C. Beltway, flags flying, banners on their trucks. Several hours later, he was told by some truckers, that the D.C. police were out in force and that no 18 wheelers were allowed on the Beltway for the days of the rally, and that they were told to go elsewhere. The truckers were also told that the only way they would be allowed on the beltway was if they were carrying a load in their trucks with a legal bill of lading that gave them permission to be in the capitol area.
Of course not. Beltway traffic is rarely above a crawl in rushhour anyway. You couldn’t possibly slow it down.
Al that would do is tick off those impeded by the truckers; not a way to win friends and influence people!
Yes, it’s important not to inconvenience people on their way to work, especially those involved in Capitol business, when expressing one’s heartfelt grievances.
My ‘heartfelt grievances’ are not expressed by blocking traffic or, for that matter, gunning down students in classrooms. I’m just not union goon material, I guess.
You are a natural at free-association, though.
It helps when connecting the dots, rather than being led down the Buchananite garden path.
What does Buchanan have to do with classroom shootings? And what do classroom shootings have to do with this thread? Keep free associating and maybe we’ll find out how your open borders mind works.
The most recent classroom shooting are being reported as a result of Cho’s heartfelt grievances. Sound familiar?
Not at all. Keep free-associating.
You do obtuse very well. I won’t be bumping your article any more, though.
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