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Ohio State Highway Patrol ‘aware and monitoring’ possible trucker protest Monday

Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 4:22 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says troopers are aware of possible disruption to the Monday morning commute after various social media posts from truckers threatened to protest on the road.

Various viral posts on social media suggested truckers could cause big issues on the road beginning at 7 a.m. The posts call for “slow rolls” or complete blockage over mask and vaccine mandates.

“The Patrol is aware and monitoring the situation closely to ensure roadways are safe to travel. For security reasons, we cannot go into further detail at this time,” Sgt. Christina Hayes with OSHP said.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says his office is aware of the protest and says anyone who takes part will be charged with a felony.

“My office has learned there are plans to shut down the highways, nationwide, on Monday to protest vaccine mandates,” Deters said.

“I want to be perfectly clear. Anyone who attempts to shut down the highways in Hamilton County will be removed from their vehicles, charged with felony Disrupting Public Services, and they will go to jail.

To those who claim to be supportive of law enforcement - law enforcement is not with you. This would pose a serious danger for our first responders and the community at large.

I have always been supportive of a citizen’s First Amendment right to protest. But, this is not lawful and it is reckless. It will not be tolerated.”

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