Senate File 551 - Reprinted SENATE FILE 551 BY COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION (SUCCESSOR TO SF 503) (As Amended and Passed by the Senate March 17, 2021 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to fire fighters and emergency medical services 1 members responding to emergency situations in certain 2 vehicles. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 SF 551 (2) 89 th/ns/mb
S.F. 551 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 321.231A Fire fighters and 1 emergency medical services members responding to emergency 2 situations. 3 1. Notwithstanding section 321.231, the driver of a vehicle 4 making use of a blue light pursuant to section 321.423, 5 subsection 3, or displaying fire fighter or emergency medical 6 services registration plates issued pursuant to section 321.34, 7 subsection 10 or 10A, may reasonably exceed the maximum speed 8 limits based on the facts and circumstances at the time, only 9 if all of the following apply: 10 a. The driver is a current member of a paid or volunteer 11 fire department or emergency medical services agency. 12 b. The driver is responding to, but not returning from, an 13 emergency call or fire alarm. 14 c. The driver has received emergency vehicle operations 15 training. 16 2. The provisions of this section shall not relieve the 17 driver from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of 18 all other persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver 19 from the consequences of the driver’s reckless disregard for 20 the safety of others. 21 3. A court shall dismiss and expunge from a driver’s 22 record any excessive speed violation citations issued to a 23 driver under circumstances in which the driver complied with 24 subsection 1, if the driver presents to the court a signed 25 statement from the applicable fire chief or chief officer of 26 an emergency medical services agency providing details about 27 the driver’s operation of the vehicle while responding to an 28 emergency call or fire alarm, which operation resulted in the 29 citation. This subsection does not apply to a driver who holds 30 a commercial driver’s license or commercial learner’s permit. 31 Sec. 2. Section 321.423, subsection 3, paragraph a, Code 32 2021, is amended by adding the following new subparagraph: 33 NEW SUBPARAGRAPH . (03) A vehicle authorized by the chief 34 officer of an emergency medical services agency, if the vehicle 35 -1- SF 551 (2) 89 th/ns/mb 1/ 2
S.F. 551 is owned by a member of the emergency medical services agency, 1 the request for authorization is made by the member on forms 2 provided by the department, and necessity for authorization 3 to respond to an emergency call or fire alarm under section 4 321.231A is demonstrated in the request. 5 Sec. 3. Section 321.423, subsection 3, paragraph b, Code 6 2021, is amended to read as follows: 7 b. A person shall not use only a blue light on a vehicle 8 unless the vehicle meets the requirements of paragraph “a” , 9 subparagraph (1) , or (2) , or (03) . 10 -2- SF 551 (2) 89 th/ns/mb 2/ 2