Senate File 47 - IntroducedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to lighted lamps on bicycles, making penalties
2applicable, and including effective date provisions.
3BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1   Section 1.  Section 321.385A, Code 2021, is amended to read
2as follows:
   3321.385A  Citation for unlighted headlamp, rear lamp, or rear
4registration plate light, or bicycle lamp.
   51.  a.  A citation issued for failure to have headlamps
6as required under section 321.385 shall first provide for a
7seventy-two hour seventy-two-hour period within which the
8person charged with the violation shall replace or repair the
9headlamp.
   10b.  A citation issued for failure to have rear lamps as
11required under section 321.387 or a rear registration plate
12light as required under section 321.388 shall first provide for
13a seventy-two hour seventy-two-hour period within which the
14person charged with the violation shall replace or repair the
15lamps or light.
   16c.  A citation issued for failure to have a front or rear
17lamp on a bicycle as required under section 321.397 shall first
18provide for a seventy-two-hour period within which the person
19charged with the violation shall replace or repair the lamp.
   202.  If the person complies with the directive to replace
21or repair the headlamp, rear lamps lamp, or rear registration
22plate light, or bicycle lamp within the allotted time period,
23the citation shall be expunged. If the person fails to
24comply within the allotted time period, the citation shall be
25processed in the same manner as other citations.
   263.  A written notice of replacement or repair relating
27to a
citation issued under this section shall include a
28written notice of replacement or repair which
shall indicate
29the date of replacement or repair and the manner in which
30the replacement or repair occurred and which shall be
31returned to the issuing authority within the seventy-two hour
32
 seventy-two-hour time period.
33   Sec. 2.  Section 321.397, Code 2021, is amended to read as
34follows:
   35321.397  Lamps on bicycles.
-1-
   1Every At the times specified in section 321.384, every
2 bicycle shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a
3white light, at the times specified in section 321.384, visible
4from a distance of at least three hundred feet to the front and
5with a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from a
6distance of at least three hundred feet to the rear; except
7that a red reflector may be used in lieu of a rear light
. A
8peace officer riding a police bicycle is not required to use
9either front or rear lamps if duty so requires.
10   Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This Act takes effect January 1,
112022.
12EXPLANATION
13The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with
14the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly.
   15Current law requires a bicycle to have a front lighted lamp
16and either a rear lighted lamp or a rear reflector at any time
17from sunset to sunrise, and at such other times when conditions
18such as fog, snow, sleet, or rain provide insufficient lighting
19to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the
20highway at a distance of 500 feet ahead.
   21This bill requires every bicycle to have a front and rear
22lighted lamp during the stated periods of time, and strikes the
23provision allowing a bicycle to be equipped a rear reflector
24in lieu of the rear lighted lamp. The scheduled fine for
25violating this provision is $35. However, the bill provides
26that a citation issued for failure to have a front or rear lamp
27on a bicycle must first provide for a 72-hour period within
28which the person charged with the violation shall replace or
29repair the lamp. If the person complies with the directive to
30replace or repair the lamp, the citation must be expunged.
   31The bill takes effect January 1, 2022.
-2-
th/ns