Did you know we had a “Move Over” Law in Iowa?

Did you know that if you come upon a parked emergency vehicle or are approached by an emergency vehicle, it’s the LAW to move over & / or stop? It is really frustrating when I see motorists not give the right of way to an ambulance or firetruck. They just keep on moving … or worst yet, pass you when YOU are pulled over. I saw this announcement this morning and thought it’s worth repeating.

From the Corridor Business Journal – Monday, June 25 issue:

Move over law changes take effect July 1

Beginning July 1, motorists in Iowa who are ticketed and convicted of a violation of Iowa’s “move over” law will face increased penalties.

House File 2228, signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad April 12, takes effect July 1. It includes a provision requiring mandatory suspension of a person’s driver’s license/operating privileges if convicted of a violation of the move over law that results in property damage, injury or death.

Iowa’s move over law, originally enacted in 2009, prescribes the rules of the road when it comes to driving on an Iowa roadway where there is a stationary, authorized emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or red and blue lights.

Iowa law requires motorists to:

— Change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle that has its flashing lights activated.

— Yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights or giving an audible signal by moving over to the right, stopping and waiting until the vehicle has passed before proceeding.

The scheduled fine for a conviction for violating Iowa Code 321.323A or 321.324 is $100, plus any surcharge and court costs.

For more information, visit www.iowadot.gov/rules/rulesoftheroad.htm.