The Virginia State Police reported about 30 commercial trucks flying large American flags began traveling Friday morning in a convoy on the Capital Beltway, slowing traffic along with a number of pick-up trucks sporting placards with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA.
After being pulled over by Virginia State Police, the drivers behaved themselves — for a while. WTOP reported that the slow-down resumed shortly after and that the trucks continued to slow traffic heading into the lunch hour, at times moving only 25 MPH and riding side-by-side across three lanes.
While not as large as projected, the truckers are driving to protest a variety of issues, including regulations, their pay, gas prices and the current gridlock in Congress.
The Virginia State Police reported this morning:
At about 8:50 a.m., four commercial vehicles began driving side-by-side across all four northbound lanes of I-495 on the Inner Loop slowing traffic to 15 mph. Virginia State Police stopped the four tractor-trailers at the 53 mile marker (Fairfax County) and warned them not to impede traffic. No summons/ticket was issued. The tractor-trailers were then allowed to proceed on their way. At this point, there have no major incidents reported as a result of the convoys.