Illinois State Police are warning truck drivers against a planned “slow roll” protest on the Dan Ryan and Kennedy Expressways set for Friday morning.
A group of truckers plans to drive slowly in the lanes of Interstate 57 and Interstate 94, and cause massive congestion and backups, state police said.
The truckers hope to bring attention to regulations in their industry.
State police warned the group that “backups are a significant contributing cause of traffic crashes, which lead to property damage, personal injury, and possibly death.”
Police said they respect the rights of citizens to express their opinions, but that the plan to cause a traffic jam is “dangerous to the innocent motoring public.”
State police warned that participating drivers could be held liable for traffic crashes occurring as a result of their actions.
One group of truckers taking part in the protest said they are fighting for more flexible working hours, relaxed rules on “electronic logging devices,” more training for new semitrailer drivers and more truck parking and amenities along expressways.
Neither police nor the protesters have said which portion of the Tri-State the protest is planned for.