The official Phil Scott Twitter account sent this out today.
— Phil Scott (@PhilScott4VT) October 31, 2016
That’s some dedication there, being out on a chilly October morning, waving the signs just a few feet away from interstate freeway traffic…
In many places, it’s illegal for candidates to stand that close to the freeway. Looks like Phil’s most enthusiastic companion is only a few feet from the right of way, and the candidate himself is about ten feet off the pavement.
But is it illegal for Team Scott to be standing in that particular location? Unclear.
Many states prohibit pedestrian traffic on freeways. (And, although the Scott brigade is technically adjacent to the exit ramp, they’re right at the bottom of it. The freeway travel lanes are very close by.) Hitchhikers are generally prohibited from getting any closer than the very top of an onramp.
There is no federal statute covering the question. It’s left to the states. And within each state, the law can vary by location: it can be okay in some areas and not in others. You have to watch for the oft-ignored signs as you enter or exit the freeway. (There’s one in the background of the Team Scott photo, but it can’t be read.)
So I can’t say for sure it’s illegal. I can assert that it’s unwise and potentially dangerous, not only for the pedestrians but for drivers potentially distracted by a bunch of sign-wavers including one of the state’s best-known politicians.
You’d think a race car driver might be a little more aware of highway safety. I guess when you’re in the final days of a close campaign, it’s tough to pass up the visibility of a perch along I-89 during rush hour.