Illinois State Police threw a kink in the plans of a group of truckers participating in a ‘slow roll’ protest in Chicago today.
Several truckers associated with the online group Black Smoke Matters had planned a slow roll from Monee to downtown Chicago on the morning of Friday, April 12. The truckers are protesting various issues including ELDs, Hours of Service regulations, truck driver training standards, and truck parking shortages.
The truckers reportedly planned to convoy past Trump Tower Chicago as part of their protest activities.
State police were well aware of the protest and even issued a warning to the truckers that they would be held accountable if their activities resulted in a crash.
Troopers followed the truckers closely as the convoyed from Monee and, according to the Chicago Tribune, police blocked several of the exits that the truckers would have used to get off of the Dan Ryan Expressway to the downtown area, effectively thwarting the Trump Tower drive-by.
The truckers continued north on the expressway towards the O’Hare airport and eventually became separated.
Police said that they blocked the exits because there were too many trucks to move safely through the downtown Chicago area.
NBC Chicago estimates that about 30 drivers participated in the slow roll.
No major disruptions, arrests, or injuries were reported.