Message Monday - July 20, 2015 - Flashing blue, red or yellow - Move Over

MM7-20-15Iowa DOT maintenance workers, law enforcement and tow truck drivers - practically anyone who works alongside a highway has a horror story of a “near miss” when a passing vehicle didn’t give them the space they needed to work. 

Even worse, many of these folks have stories of passing vehicles swerving to try to intimidate or scare them. 

In 2002, Iowa passed the first “Move Over, Slow Down” law to help protect those who are on the road trying to protect us. It was updated in 2012.

The Iowa law requires motorists to:

1. Change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle that has its flashing lights activated.(Iowa Code section 321.323A)

2. 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. (Iowa Code section 321.324).

In this news story from 2014, the widow of a tow truck driver killed while working on the highway tells her story.

The fatality count of 147 is an increase of seven from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to

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