If you were caught in the ten mile traffic jam inbound on I-270 this morning, you had many fellow sufferers. The cause was not an accident or stalled vehicle. Instead, reports WTOP, it was political campaign signs being waved on an overpass. People slowed down to read, and this became a cascading delay that resulted in a frustrating snarl:
People waved campaign signs on a highway overpass during rush hour traffic in support of a local candidate. They remained out of the road, but drivers stopped to look.
WTOP’s traffic reporter Lisa Baden called the police per request of listeners stuck in traffic.
“[Police] can’t legally make them leave because they’re not blocking the road or impeding the traffic,” Baden said of campaigners.
While political candidates and their supporters have a constitutional right to express their views, one would hope that common sense would prevail. I have rarely seen it help a politician’s campaign to have sign-wavers out during rush hour. It often backfires, as it did this morning (Wednesday).