Penalty for bridge blockers

Legislation to make it more costly for demonstrators blocking Potomac River bridges linking Washington and Virginia was sent to the White House yesterday for President Clinton's signature.

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) sponsored the bill, which would provide for fines of $1,000 to $5,000 for bridge blockers. Offenders also could be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail.

The stronger penalties are needed to prevent groups such as Justice for Janitors from blocking Potomac crossings during rush hours, Davis said.

The group blocked the Roosevelt Bridge once last year in its call for higher wages for custodial workers.

Clinton is expected to sign the bill; it would take effect immediately.

Washington Post
Publication Date: 
August 5, 1997