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:

Take Action:

No action needed at this time.

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)

Current Bills:


Other Legislation:

We have grouped our bills by subject because multiple bills may address the same topic. Learn more on each topic at:

Or return to our legislative page: https://www.iowabicyclecoalition.org/policy-and-legislation/