DES MOINES, Iowa – (June 29, 2017) – Iowa drivers are quick to move over for flashing red and blue lights on vehicles such as police cars, firetrucks or ambulances. Now they also need to be on the lookout for flashing amber lights on utility vehicles as well as garbage and tow trucks.
Effective July 1, Iowa law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary utility and maintenance vehicles with flashing lights activated. Across the country, all states have “move over” laws, but only 12 states specifically protect utility service vehicles.
This expanded law is designed to protect motorists and Iowa’s utility workers who are at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. Motorists can face penalties for violating the law, such as receiving traffic tickets or having their driver’s license revoked.
Starting today, Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy are launching a public awareness effort to educate drivers about the Move Over or Slow Down law as it pertains to utility vehicles.
To raise awareness for the campaign, the collaborative group is asking Iowa motorists to sign an online pledge, which can be found at www.MoveOverIowa.com, vowing to move over or slow down when approaching stationary emergency, maintenance or utility vehicles that have activated flashing lights.
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has also voiced her support of the awareness effort.
“The Move Over or Slow Down campaign reminds drivers to be cautious when approaching utility vehicles,” Gov. Reynolds said. “It might seem like common sense, but many drivers don’t know about the penalties they could face for failing to obey the law. More importantly though, many drivers don’t realize the danger that passing utility areas without moving over or slowing down causes for both utility workers and themselves.”
For more information about the campaign or to take the pledge, visit www.MoveOverIowa.com.
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.