Senate File 241 - Introduced SENATE FILE 241 BY JOHNSON A BILL FOR An Act relating to lighted lamps on bicycles. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 2326XS (1) 86 ns/nh
S.F. 241 Section 1. Section 321.397, Code 2015, is amended to read 1 as follows: 2 321.397 Lamps on bicycles. 3 Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lamp on the front 4 exhibiting a white light, at the times specified in section 5 321.384 , visible from a distance of at least three hundred feet 6 to the front and with a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light 7 visible from a distance of three hundred feet to the rear ; 8 except that a red reflector may be used in lieu of a rear light . 9 A peace officer riding a police bicycle is not required to use 10 either front or rear lamps if duty so requires. 11 EXPLANATION 12 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 13 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 14 Current law provides that a bicycle shall have a front 15 lighted lamp and either a rear lighted lamp or a rear reflector 16 at any time from sunset to sunrise, and at such other times 17 when conditions such as fog, snow, sleet, or rain provide 18 insufficient lighting to render clearly discernible persons and 19 vehicles on the highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead. 20 This bill provides that a bicycle shall have a rear lighted 21 lamp during the stated periods of time, and may not use a rear 22 reflector in lieu of the rear lighted lamp. The scheduled fine 23 for violating this provision is $25. 24 -1- LSB 2326XS (1) 86 ns/nh 1/ 1