A few thousand truckers will indeed make the trek to Washington, D.C., Friday for the "Ride for the Constitution" strike, the rally's organizers said in response to reports that the event is a hoax.
Zeeda Andrews, one of the group's organizers, told the Washington Post that two groups of truckers will meet in Virginia and Pennsylvania
Friday before convoying to the nation's capital where they will drive the speed limit around the Beltway. This could cause a major traffic jam, but that's not their main goal, truckers said.
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"We didn’t want to hurt the American people," Tom Lacovara, a trucker from Woodbury, N.J., told the Post. "That’s why we wanted to do it on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when traffic is lighter. Otherwise we would roll in here on a Monday or Tuesday and shut it down."
Officials from Virginia to D.C. said they are prepared to handle a potential strike.
"Virginia State Police is aware of the proposed convoy of commercial vehicles and is preparing accordingly with the region’s law enforcement agencies and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), just as we have done in the past for similar demonstrations held within the National Capital Region," spokeswoman Corinne N. Geller said in an e-mail statement.
Earlier this week, a trucker named Earl Conlon made the media rounds claiming that he was planning the strike and that its goal was to "arrest everyone in government who has violated their oath of office."
He later distanced himself from those comments, and stated he said it to "stir the feather of the mainstream media."
Andrews said Conlon "overstepped his boundaries" by speaking with the press and clarified the trucker group's mission.
"Truckers Ride for the Constitution" is hoping to bring attention to new regulations on independent truckers, including restrictive rules on idling and hours of service, Andrews told the Post.
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