November 4, 2020

Add Steering Unreasonably Close To A Bicyclists To The Enhanced Penalties List

Explanation:

If a bicyclist is killed or injured on Iowa roadways, it is a lesser penalty than if a motorist or even pedestrian is struck on Iowa roadways.  The enhanced penalty of $1000 fine and 6-month revocation for fatal crashes or $500 fine and 3-month revocation for serious injury is applied to the following violations:

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Moving violations listed in 321.482A: Click to View

  • 321.178(2)(a)(2) Restricted license (electronic communications or entertainment)
  • 321.180B(6) 321.180B Graduated driver’s licenses for persons aged fourteen through seventeen. (electronic communications)
  • 321.194(1)(c) Special minors’ licenses (electronic communications)
  • 321.256 Obedience to Traffic Control Devices
  • 321.257 Official Traffic Control Signal
  • 321.275 (4) Use of traffic lanes two abreast
  • 321.276 Use of electronic communication device while driving — text-messaging.
  • 321.297 Driving on right-hand side of roadway – exceptions.
  • 321.298 Meeting and turning to right.
  • 321.299 Overtaking a vehicle
  • 321.302 Overtaking and passing
  • 321.303 Limitations on overtaking on the left
  • 321.304 Prohibited passing
  • 321.305 One-way roadways and rotary traffic islands
  • 321.306 Roadways laned for traffic
  • 321.307 Following too closely
  • 321.308 Motor trucks and towed vehicles – distance requirements
  • 321.309 Towing – convoys (subsection 2 – maintain 500′ between towed vehicles)
  • 321.311 Turning at intersections
  • 321.319 Entering intersections from different highways
  • 321.320 Left turns – yielding
  • 321.321 Entering through highways
  • 321.322 Vehicles entering stop or yield intersection
  • 321.323 Moving vehicle backward on highway
  • 321.323A Approaching certain stationary vehicles
  • 321.324 Operation on approach of emergency vehicles
  • 321.324A Funeral processions
  • 321.327 Pedestrians’ right-of-way
  • 321.329 Duty of driver – pedestrians crossing or working on highways.
  • 321.333 Duty of drivers (approaching visually impaired persons)

Need:

In the past five years (2020-16), fatal crashes involving bicyclists were charged as follows:

  • Failure to Maintain Control: 7%
  • Homicide by Vehicle: 33%
  • Leaving the Scene: 13%
  • No charges: 20%
  • Steering Unreasonably Close to a Bicyclist: 27% (4 crashes)

Language:

Section §321.482A, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2020, is amended to read as follows: Notwithstanding section 321.482, a person who is convicted of operating a motor vehicle in violation of section 321.178, subsection 2, paragraph “a”, subparagraph (2), section 321.180B, subsection 6, section 321.194, subsection 2, paragraph “b”, subparagraph (2), section 321.256, 321.257, section 321.275, subsection 4, section 321.276, section 321.281, subsection 1,…


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