General Assembly: 79 (2002 Regular GA) - Chapter 1013 - Traffic safety regulation — stationary authorized emergency, towing, recovery, and highway maintenance vehicles


Published: 2002-03-14

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23 LAWS OF THE SEVENTY−NINTH G.A., 2002 SESSION CH. 1013

CH. 1013CH. 1013

CHAPTER 1013

TRAFFIC SAFETY REGULATION  STATIONARY AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY, TOWING, RECOVERY, AND HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE VEHICLES

H.F. 2112

AN ACT requiring motor vehicle operators to take certain precautions when passing station- ary authorized emergency, towing, recovery, and highway maintenance vehicles and pro- viding a penalty.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1.NEW SECTION.321.323AAPPROACHING CERTAIN STATIONARY VE- HICLES.

1.The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or red and blue lights shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall proceed in one of the following man- ners, absent any other direction by a peace officer:

a.Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if pos- sible in the existing safety and traffic conditions.

b.If a lane change under paragraph a" would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

2.The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary towing or recovery vehicle, or a stationary highway maintenance vehicle, that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall proceed in one of the following manners, absent any other direction by a peace officer:

a.Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the towing, recovery, or highway mainte- nance vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions.

b.If a lane change under paragraph a" would be impossible, prohibited by law, or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.

Sec. 2.Section 805.8A, subsection 11, paragraph b, Code Supplement 2001, is amended to read as follows:

b.For a violation under section 321.323A or 321.324, the scheduled fine is fifty dollars.

Approved March 14, 2002