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WASHINGTON -

 Hundreds of truckers were seen rolling slowly into Washington DC on the first full day of their protest rally to the nation's capitol.

 The national Truckers Ride for the Constitution started officially at 5 pm on Thursday and is expected to last all weekend as a protest to regulations, the debt ceiling, President Obama and "corruption," the organizers say.

 Already, dozens of photos and video from traffic cameras show the truckers having an effect on traffic – some images show the big rigs occupying all lanes of the DC beltway and slowly driving with stacks of cars behind them. However, some media are reporting that the response has been mixed.

 Although much of the protest seems to be about blocking traffic, many supporters were seen on overpasses, along side the road with signs and in other vehicles with the group's Twitter hashtag T2SDA.

 Virginia State Police, who beefed up patrols ahead of the planned demonstration, pulled over at least one group of truckers on Friday, according to WTOP.com.

 "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," Virginia State Police told WTOP in a statement.

 The group has seen much interest on social media, despite the fact Twitter shut down an earlier account they set up.

 Facebook also shut down their page when it had 86,000 "likes." They have since restored the Facebook page under a new account that is up to nearly 200,000 likes in just this week.

 "The way Congress is doing, they've basically throwed our Constitution in the trash," Alabama trucker Brad Higgins told CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg Thursday night. Higgins had erected a large U.S. flag on a 4×4 salt-treated post chained and rigged on his empty flatbed trailer.

 The group says the event it is more about simply not hauling freight and driving to D.C. to call attention to problems.

"The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a national protest in support of our nation's truckers on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013!" the group says on its Facebook page.

"Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!"

The original name of the group was "Truckers to Shut Down America" but now has been called Truckers Ride For the Constitution.

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