Occupy LA G.A. has posted that there are plans to go onto overpasses during rush hours. It is illegal and dangerous to do so because it distracts drivers and causes accidents. In fact, one man already wrote on the Facebook page of being in an Occupy LA walk, taken onto an overpass, a driver shouting at the protesters and then crashing into the car in front of him.
The #1 cause of highway death is from driver distraction.
It is illegal to distract a driver. ALSO -- a Protest permit would be needed to hold a protest that involves intentionally distracting drivers -- and a permit would never be given.
The ONLY PURPOSE in going out onto an overpass and waving signs and shouting is to distract drivers. That is the only purpose. And it is illegal, dangerous, and immoral. YOu could kill a family, kill a bus full of kids, kill a driver, etc. Do you lack conscience totally? It seems so. I am ashamed and disgusted with this group.
AGENTS PROVOCATEURS - ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS AGENTS PROVOCATEURS try to get a protest group to do is to go out onto an overpass or bridge. They try to get you to do this because they KNOW it is illegal and dangerous and will cause you to lose all credibility with the public. They ALSO know it is likely to result in arrests or confrontations with the police. Please see my earlier blog post on agents provocateurs for more info on this topic.
The ONLY thing you are allowed to do on an overpass is walk across quickly. MANY overpasses have signs explaining this. You are not allowed to hang a banner, hold a protest, loiter, hang around, shout or wave at drivers. WHY? Because you can cause accidents and people can be killed.
I was arguing this with people on facebook, and the people responding seemed ill-informed -- or maybe they are trying to provoke people into doing such a stupid act. Not sure which.
I called the LAPD and asked them to please prevent people from Occupy LA from going out onto overpasses to distract drivers.