LAW - 321.323A
Approaching certain stationary vehicles
(effective July 1, 2002)
"MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN"
Patrol vehile was struck while parked
along the Interstate
with lights flashing.
phrase is being used in reference to the new law regarding what you
should do when approaching emergency vehicles displaying flashing
law is as follows:
operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized vehicle
that is displaying flashing yellow, amber, white, red, or red and
blue lights 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 authorized emergency 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.
law also applies to operators 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.
FINE - For a violation under section 321.323A or 321.324, the scheduled
fine is fifty dollars ($50)
Iowa State Patrol appreciates your assistance and compliance with
this new law to ensure the safety of the public and Iowa law enforcement.