DC police warn commuters: Expect massive traffic delays on Monday as 1,000-vehicle Convoy approaches

By MELISSA KOENIG and NATASHA ANDERSON and ZAK BENNETT IN WASHINGTON, D.C. and CHRISTOPHER OQUENDO IN HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND FOR DAILYMAIL.COM


PUBLISHED: 15:40, 6 March 2022 | UPDATED: 07:13, 7 March 2022

Another organiser did not rule out the trucks honking their horns along Pennsylvania Avenue

  • The Maryland State Police on Sunday warned commuters they may face traffic delays on their way to work Monday morning as the People's Convoy once again prepares to protest on the DC Beltway

  • Organizers say the group is working with law enforcement to ensure they do not 'impede traffic any more than necessary to get our message across'

  • They plan to circle the Beltway just once on Monday morning, taking up two lanes while traveling at the minimum legal speed limit

  • On Sunday, the 30-mile-long People's Convoy caused a clog along the Beltway as it circled the interstate in protest of COVID mandates

  • More than 1,000 large trucks, recreational vehicles and cars participated in the convoy's two-time loop around the 64-mile highway surrounding the capital city

  • Before departing, Brian Brase, one of the convoy's lead organizers, instructed drivers to 'hold the line' and reminded them to maintain safe driving practices

  • He also said that although the convoy didn't go into D.C. proper during Sunday's journey, 'it does not mean it won't happen' in the future and said: 'We are not going to sit idly by'

  • Brase, on Friday, said the group will clog the Beltway each day this week - until their demands are met - but Saturday said plans will be determined day-by-day

  • Another organizer did not rule out the trucks honking their horns along Pennsylvania Avenue

Maryland State Police on Sunday warned commuters they may face massive traffic delays on their way to work Monday morning as more than 1,000 large trucks, recreational vehicles and cars prepare to once again protest on a major highway surrounding Washington, D.C. - just one day after bringing traffic to a standstill.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday night, the Maryland State Police urged drivers to anticipate 'higher volumes of traffic' as they try to get to work on Monday, when the so-called People's Convoy protesting 'unconstitutional' coronavirus restrictions plans to once again loop the 64-mile Beltway.


'While public safety remains a priority and we work to fulfill our statewide law enforcement responsibilities, the Maryland State Police respects the public's First Amendment rights,' the police said in the statement.


The thousands of individuals protesting the country's vaccine and mask mandates plan to leave Hagerstown Speedway in , their staging ground for the past few nights, at around 9:30 a.m. and make their way to the Capitol early Monday morning, according to The Washington Post.


They then plan to loop around the Beltway just once on Monday, after circling the city twice on Sunday, organizer Brian Brase said. But this time, he said, they will occupy two lanes instead of one as an 'escalation' as they drive the minimum legal speed limit.

Brase noted that the group is coordinating with local law enforcement, while also acknowledging that 'obviously there's a natural disturbance.


'We're hoping one lap by two lanes, so we get back here sooner before rush hour or anything like that,' he said, adding: 'We do not want to impede traffic any more than necessary to get our message across.'


Troopers from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Automotive Safety Enforcement Division and barracks statewide 'will address any violations of the law,' Maryland State Police said, as they urged residents to follow any updates at www.roads.maryland.gov.


1,000-vehicle-strong People's Convoy plan to once again protest on the Washington D.C. Beltway Monday morning, after "bringing traffic to a standstill on Sunday"


WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 6: Members of the 1,000-vehicle-strong People's Convoy plan to once again protest on the Washington D.C. Beltway Monday morning, after bringing traffic to a standstill on Sunday

WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 6: The group, which is protesting 'unconstitutional' coronavirus restrictions, made two laps around the Beltway on Sunday

MARCH 6: Even some motorcyclists joined in on the protest against mask and vaccine mandates"



WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 6: One truck was decked out with American and 'Don't Tread on Me' flags


The Maryland State Police warned residents on Sunday that there may be a 'higher volume of traffic' during the Monday morning commute, when the People's Convoy plans to once again travel at slow speeds down the Beltway"


The Maryland State Police warned residents on Sunday that there may be a 'higher volume of traffic' during the Monday morning commute, when the People's Convoy plans to once again travel at slow speeds down the Beltway

The People's Convoy - a spinoff from a protest in Canada started by truckers upset at vaccine requirements to cross the Canadian border - traveled from southern California nearly 2,500 miles to D.C. on an 11-day journey. The group stopped in major U.S. cities and rural towns along they way, holding rallies and meeting with their supporters.

Brase told the Washington Post on Sunday that the group plans to stay at the Hagerstown Speedway until 'at least' Saturday, adding: 'Hopefully this is all over by Wednesday.'


He mentioned meeting with 'members of both the House and the Senate,' but declined to answer questions about whether those meetings were actually confirmed and who they would meet with.


All as he said, according to the Washington Post, was: 'I’m hopeful that we have successful dialogue with congressmen and women and senators that help get what we’re looking for pushed through in a timely fashion.


'If they don’t come to the table to meet with us or they ignore us, then every day it will escalate,' said Brase, a 37-year-old truck driver from Ohio.


He had previously told the Post that the group would continue its route around the Beltway each day this week, clogging one of the main arteries into DC until the group's demands are met. However, as of Saturday morning, he indicated that plans will be determined day-by-day.


Another organizer did not rule out the trucks honking their horns along Pennsylvania Avenue.


'I can tell you now that there will be select trucks going to the White House,' organizer Dan Fitzgerald revealed on his Friday morning livestream. 'I don't want people thinking we are invading D.C. This is not the convoy going into D.C. commons. This is a few select drivers.'

MARCH 6: Supporters drive by the New Design Road bridge over I-270 in Frederick County as the People's Convoy passed through the county"


WASHINGTON D.C. - MARCH 6: The self-styled People's Convoy, estimated to span 30 miles, left traffic in a standstill along the 64-mile Beltway for five miles Sunday after it departed from the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland


MARCH 6: A group of semi-tractors led the convoy, followed by trucks with trailers, campers and then cars. According to DailyMail.com reporters trailing the group, traffic crawled for a while, hit a jam and then reached a 'comfortable speed' of travel"


WASHINGTON D.C. - MARCH 6: The People's Convoy planned to make two complete loops around the Beltway, which they estimated would take four to five hours. However, given the impacts on traffic the route could take longer. Although the group did not follow a route into D.C. proper during Sunday's journey, organizer Brian Brase said 'it does not mean it won't happen' in the future

The People's Convoy departed from the Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland on Sunday morning to convoy around the D.C. metropolitan area. The group is taking two loops around the Beltway, a 64-mile highway surrounding the capital city"






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