House File 137 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 137 BY HAGENOW , LANDON , WATTS , and R. TAYLOR A BILL FOR An Act relating to the operation of a rescue vehicle when 1 responding to an emergency. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1941YH (2) 86 ns/nh
H.F. 137 Section 1. Section 321.231, subsections 3 and 4, Code 2015, 1 are amended to read as follows: 2 3. The driver of a fire department vehicle, police vehicle, 3 rescue vehicle, or ambulance, or a peace officer riding a 4 police bicycle in the line of duty may do any of the following: 5 a. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only 6 after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation. 7 b. Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as the driver 8 does not endanger life or property. 9 4. The exemptions granted to an authorized emergency 10 vehicle under subsection 2 and for a fire department vehicle, 11 police vehicle, rescue vehicle, or ambulance as provided in 12 subsection 3 shall apply only when such vehicle is making use 13 of an audible signaling device meeting the requirements of 14 section 321.433 or a visual signaling device, except that use 15 of an audible or visual signaling device shall not be required 16 when exercising the exemption granted under subsection 3 , 17 paragraph “b” of this section when the vehicle is operated by 18 a peace officer, pursuing a suspected violator of the speed 19 restrictions imposed by or pursuant to this chapter , for the 20 purpose of determining the speed of travel of such suspected 21 violator. 22 EXPLANATION 23 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 24 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 25 Under current law, the driver of an authorized emergency 26 vehicle may exercise driving privileges relating to parking 27 and directional signs when responding to an emergency call. 28 Certain types of authorized emergency vehicles including fire 29 department vehicles, police vehicles, and ambulances, as well 30 as peace officers riding on police bicycles, may proceed past 31 red stop signals or stop signs and exceed speed limits while 32 exercising necessary safety precautions and using an audible 33 or visual signal. This bill includes rescue vehicles in that 34 category of authorized emergency vehicles that may ignore red 35 -1- LSB 1941YH (2) 86 ns/nh 1/ 2
H.F. 137 stop signals or stop signs and exceed speed limits in emergency 1 situations. A “rescue vehicle” is a motor vehicle which is 2 equipped with rescue, fire, or life support equipment used to 3 assist and rescue persons in emergencies or support emergency 4 personnel in the performance of their duties. 5 -2- LSB 1941YH (2) 86 ns/nh 2/ 2