Skip to comments.Truck Convoy Protest Causing Traffic Problems on Capital Beltway (Live Thread)
Posted on 10/11/2013 6:30:47 AM PDT by kristinn
A convoy of tractor-trailers planning to circle the Capital Beltway in protest of the federal government has begun its descent on the Washington area and is causing some traffic problems for the morning commute.
The Truckers Ride for the Constitution, which organizer Zeeda Andrews said could attract as many as 3,000 big rigs to the nations capital, only had about 10 participants as of 8:30 a.m.
Andrews insists the convoy is meant to be a peaceful protest rather than a traffic clog. The organizer said Thursday that reports of the trucks planning to take up three lanes of the Beltway were inaccurate, and that they should only occupy one lane of traffic.
But WNEWs John Domen, who began following the trucks as they drove north past a truck stop on Interstate-95 in Dumfries, Va., said trucks were taking up all four lanes of the Inner Loop of the Beltway in Annandale, Va. and had slowed to 10 mph, blocking traffic from getting by.
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Hey, Clown Prince nobama...they pay taxes for use of the highways. Leave them alone.
The truckers have an ally: the rain. DC traffic is usually slowed down by even a slight rain, but its been pouring in DC for hours. :)
Somebody throwing a chewing gum wrapper out the window could cause traffic problems on the beltway.
Well, according to the media bleats and Democrat brays about this ‘shutdown,’ it is a near total catastrophe of idleness and absence that effects each American down to his/her very needy core.
If this is true, a bunch of truckers on the beltway or the parkways around that cesspool shouldn’t be causing any problems at all since all of the governmetn (what media and Obama would like you to believe)is home on furlough.
So, DC’ers, just suck it the hell up and STFU. Go enjoy your furlough - you’re gonna get paid for the time off any way. If I had my way, you’d be sitting home for the rest of this year - at least.
Stacy Moniot-WBOY 12 News
HAPPENING NOW: A group of people are showing their support for the truckers headed to D.C. today by waving flags over Rt. 50 in Harrison County.
Seems like most trucks (and some cars) are honking in response.
Can we get this into “Breaking” so we don’t get a bunch of duplicates?
A result of high gas/diesel prices is that it conveniently makes it harder to go to DC to protest.
let’s hope the little tin gods with the badges don’t open fire on the truckers
“Somebody throwing a chewing gum wrapper out the window could cause traffic problems on the beltway.”
They don’t need “thousands” to make an impact. as few as 15-20 trucks, acting in concert, could shut down the highways of almost any major city.
We got a great big convoy travelin round the belt
We take back our freedoms, dump zer0care which smelt.
We got a great big convoy travelin round DC
We gonna stop ole zer0 from his on the constitution pee
I agree.. WTH are those whining dems going to do up there... blame Republicans?
#T2SDA Trucker convoy was pulled over by police by according to @NickWTOP but weren't ticketed -> https://twitter.com/NickWTOP/status/388654288492564481
God bless these truckers and keep them safe!
So, how is this any different from a normal morning commute in the DC area? Seriously, in DC, an accident in the margin of a freeway--not blocking a lane at all--is enough to stop all traffic in the 6 lanes going that direction. The supporters of this can write what they will; it's a shame the protest isn't larger, and that its effect on DC traffic is imperceptible.
I wonder about the efficacy of this protest. The elites aren’t going to notice or be affected by this, but a whole lot of regular folks will, and I don’t think they’ll be very understanding of the message being put out this way. JMHO
Luv the pics, keep up the good work.
That would be monumentally stupid.
Like “kick starting CWII” kind of stupid.
Ten trucks? a convoy of ten trucks?
That’s not a convoy. That is an ordinary moment on I 81
Just wait. It is going to cause apoplexy.
All of you going to watch........ park across the river and take the Metro to the Mall.
I agree. This just pisses off regular citizens that are trying to go about their daily business. Now if the truckers blocked the driveways of certain congressman and senators, that would be effective.
Leaving a crumb to find my way back.
“The elites arent going to notice or be affected by this, but a whole lot of regular folks will, and I dont think theyll be very understanding”
The same way they are when liberal SEIU rent-a-mobs tie up traffic??
These people live inn the government-dependent DC bubble, and they need to know, and understand, just how pi***d off the heartland is.
We deride the sheeple and LIV's for their cluelessness. Tell me, please, how do they awake from their stupor unless something is done to piss them off?
Go Trucker Patriots!
There are plenty of people in the DC area who travel 495 everyday who are on the same side as “the heartland.” Not everyone associated with the federal govt is an SEIU thug. I’m only questioning how many who see or are caught up in this have any idea what message is even being sent, and if this is the best method of sending it. Personally I like Right Brother’s suggestion, but that brings other issues.
If you or I were stuck behind some asshole going 10 mph in the fast lane with clear road ahead on our way to work, we'd be honking too. (And it wouldn't be in support!)
If they're clogging ALL lanes, that's BS. What about ambulances?
This is the kind of stuff that affects the little guy, and hurts us.
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Well intentioned but misguided and ultimately pointless. This will neither wake up any sheeple or change the mind of a single government official.
I agree. More needs to be done to bring attention to public outrage. Phone calls and emails to Congress isn’t getting it done.
Guess that was a fake story claiming Obama was going to use the National Guard to shut down the Beltway, eh?
Link to Washington DC traffic cams
That story was satire. There have been way to many satire articles as of late, problem is they are believable.
I think there are a lot of regular folks who are sick of the people having no way to stop the “business as usual”. People were coming out in droves to the townhall meetings when Obamacare was being considered - until the Tucson shooting gave the Congress-critters an excuse to call off the town meetings. And then there was the million-plus rally in DC on tax day, but those kinds of shows of support were quashed by the IRS harassment of the Tea Party groups. We’ve burned down the phone and fax lines at the Capitol. We’ve done everything we were supposed to do, and what we get in turn is Obama and the whole system pissing in our faces (”making it hurt”), and even worse, dishonoring the families of our heroes killed in the line of duty defending this nation.
The thing I would fear or hate more than anything at this point is “business as usual”. If I had to come in late to work because I absolutely could not get there because there were people blocking the way with American and Gadsden flags in order to disrupt “business as usual”, I would cheer loudly. There’s no way my employer could give me grief because the circumstances were beyond my control, and if I’m going to be stuck in traffic, I would be glad to be surrounded by people DEFYING the normal brain-dead runaround of “business as usual” and instead raising a huge red flag in protest of the total takeover of this country by the foreign enemy combatant occupying our White House and his communist-Islamist allies who put him there and who he has installed at every level of government, controlling every aspect of American life.
And if the resistance could target any one group, the group it should target is the news media. If we’re going to block driveways it should be the driveways of all the media outlets, because none of this crap would be possible if the media wasn’t providing -ahem - mouth service to the foreign enemy combatant who is “radically transforming” this nation from the Constitutional Republic it has always been into a third-world dictatorship.
The media needs to be next. They are the root cause of all this crap, and we need to let them know that we know it. All of us.
1st, I’ve had many misgivings about this plan. Silliness and irritating at best. As you said, it POs people and makes them HATE your cause.
2nd, I’m hearing it’s a bust. Basically no one participating. I don’t know if it’s just plain a bust or they backed out because of the awful rain.
TEN participants?? Talk about the mouse that roared. On the other hand, if TEN guys messed up the traffic, imagine if there WERE three thousand.
I'm sorry but this sounds like something the Occupy folks beleived.
No one is saying not to protest or not to keep getting the message out. I, personally, just don't agree that this is the way. Pissing off "ordinary working" people who are just trying to get their day done just doesn't seem an effective way to persuade them.