Don't block that bridge!

In what reportedly was one of more than a dozen incidents this year, yet another group of protesters blocked a major traffic artery on Wednesday morning of last week, preventing more than 100,000 people from reaching their intended destinations {Metro, Sept. 21}.

Among the inconvenienced, one undoubtedly could find physicians, nurses, expectant mothers and sick children, all on their way to offices or hospitals, some perhaps for scheduled surgeries; night shift workers anxious to get home to breakfast and sleep or maybe to get their kids off to school; travelers on their way to funerals and weddings; unemployed persons headed for important job interviews; child-care workers whose presence at their employers' homes is essential to a family's work and other routines; and, well, anyone can make up his or her own list.

We would see a lot less of this nonsense if legislation were enacted that provided stiff fines and mandatory jail time for those convicted.


I noted in the story about the Justice for Janitors roadway terrorist group blocking a bridge into the District (again) that Capt. Michael Radzilowski of the D.C. police believes such incidents are impossible to prevent. Bunk! Normally, these publicity-seeking groups have their plans sent to the press ahead of time. Even the police usually know about the plans, and I noted that the police had several cruisers in place along the bridge two hours before the event on Sept. 20.

Once again, the police knew that something was going to happen and probably what was going to happen (this type of thing has been done there before), and yet they failed to protect the public. While the police may not be able to always prevent these types of occurrences, they obviously can be ready to deal with them and clear the road of obstacles and demonstrators promptly instead of allowing the very few to impede the many with the resulting loss in productivity, wasted gas and increased air pollution.

The performance of the District police was pathetic. Home rule? Don't make me laugh.

Washington Post
Publication Date: 
September 29, 1995