Ride for the Constitution truckers slow D.C. traffic

DOSWELL, Va. (WTVR) – A group of truckers left Doswell, Virginia Friday morning to take part in the ‘Ride for the Constitution’ in Washington, D.C.

Some big rig drivers said they planned to join truckers from across the country slowing down traffic around the nation’s capital.

“I’m not all for the divisional structure of Republican and Democrats, because it creates more division within the country,” Michael Schaffner with RideForTheConstitution.org said.

Virginia State Police, who beefed up patrols ahead of the planned demonstration, pulled over at least one group of truckers, according to WTOP.com.

“Four commercial vehicles began driving side-by-side across all four northbound lanes of I-495 on the Inner Loop slowing traffic to 15 mph. Virginia State Police stopped the four tractor-trailers at the 53 mile marker (Fairfax County) and warned them not to impede traffic,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told WTOP in a statement. “No summons/ticket was issued. The tractor-trailers were then allowed to proceed on their way.”

Trucker Michael  Schaffner (PHOTO: Jack Rusak)

Trucker Michael Schaffner (PHOTO: Jack Rusak)

Trucker Michael  Schaffner said the three-day demonstration is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it is all about preserving the Constitution.

“The way Congress is doing, they’ve basically throwed our Constitution in the trash,” Alabama trucker Brad Higgins told CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg Thursday night. Higgins had erected a large U.S. flag on a 4×4 salt-treated post chained and rigged on his empty flatbed trailer.

Chris Hart traveled through the night from Florida to take part.

“The insurance is just killing me,” Hart said.  “The deductible is outrageous compared to what it used to be.  I definitely want to see a change.”

WTOP reporter Nick Iannelli tweeted a photo of truckers slowing traffic around Washington, D.C.

This is a developing story.

21 comments

  • CHERYL SWECKER

    YOU PEOPLE—GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE GROUND—TAXPAYERS PAY FOR ALL THINGS THE GOVERNMENT HAS AND DOES AND PAYS FOR THEIR MONEY AND PAYCHECK…FOR ALL OF YOU HAIL OBAMA-HITLER IS BEING TAKEN CARE OF by THEM AND PROBABLY ON FOOD STAMPS WELFARE AND BABIES THAT NEVER WORK FOR A LIVING–GO BACK TO THE COUNTRY YOU WERE BORN IN—-THIS IS AMERICA FOR AMERICANS—GET IT????

  • dyan

    THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA WE WERE ALL USED TO. ALMOST HALF ON WELFARE, MOST MAKING A CAREER OUT OF IT, OUR RIGHTS GONE AS OBAMA FEELS LIKE IT. CONSTITUTION JUST AN OLD PIECE OF PAPER. I DON’T WANT MY CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN LIVING LIKE THIS. GET OUT OF THE WAY SLACKERS, WE’RE TAKING AMERICA BACK.

  • ralph c.

    Hate to tell you this but most highways are in a large part funded by “Highway use tax” and “Fuel taxes”Paid for directly by Trucking companies and Independents. You have no clue how the industry operates and how drivers are treated.

    As for getting to “work”I hate to say it but if a driver is in his truck with the new regs he is technically at “work if he is behind the wheel. Oh and another thing, you would likely not have a job if they went on strike since burger meats don’t get delivered without a truck.

  • jj

    City Slicker that relies on the “trucker”. Don’t forget sweetie your food doesn’t get made or processed in the store!

  • Karen

    Alicia you have no idea of what the government is or how it SHOULD be run. The government DID NOT PAY FOR THE ROADS! The government doesn’t have any money until they TAX THE LEGAL CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. Go back to school, or read a book before showing how ignorant you are.

  • American

    too bad not much buzz around… people did not notice this event.. how many truckers were on strike? 10, 20? this is not enough to get atention from other states.. medea not coverted this well.. they cover more gun shouttings these days…

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