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June 29, 2017 (Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa drivers are quick to move over for flashing red and blue lights on vehicles such as police cars, firetrucks or ambulances. Now they also need to be on the lookout for flashing amber lights on garbage, tow, and bucket trucks, and all other utility vehicles.
Effective July 1, Iowa law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary utility and maintenance vehicles with flashing lights activated. Across the country, all states have “move over” laws, but only 12 states specifically protect utility service vehicles.
This expanded law is designed to protect motorists and Iowa’s utility workers who are at high risk while performing their duties on Iowa’s roadways. Motorists can face penalties for violating the law, such as receiving traffic tickets or having their driver’s license revoked.
The utilities of Iowa have united in a public awareness effort to educate drivers of the Move Over or Slow Down law as it pertains to utility vehicles, including Alliant Energy, the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, ITC Midwest and MidAmerican Energy.
To raise awareness for the campaign, they are asking Iowa motorists to sign a pledge at www.MoveOverIowa.com vowing to move over or slow down when approaching stationary emergency, maintenance, or utility vehicles that have activated flashing lights.
Governor Kim Reynolds supports this awareness effort. She took time during a recent visit to MiEnergy Cooperative in north central Iowa to learn more.
“The Move Over or Slow Down campaign reminds drivers to be cautious when approaching utility vehicles,” Gov. Reynolds said. “It might seem like common sense, but many drivers don’t know about the penalties they could face for failing to obey the law. More importantly though, many drivers don’t realize the danger that passing utility areas without moving over or slowing down causes for both utility workers and themselves.”
For more information about the campaign or to take the pledge, please visit www.moveoveriowa.com.
Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), headquartered in Madison, Wis., provides regulated electric and natural gas service to 960,000 electric and 410,000 natural gas customers across Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy's mission is to deliver the energy solutions and exceptional service customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company are Alliant Energy's two public utility subsidiaries. Alliant Energy Corporation is a component of the S&P 500. For more information, visit http://alliantenergy.com/.
The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC) represents the interests of not-for-profit electric cooperatives in the state, including 35 distribution co-ops and 7 generation and transmission co-ops. Owned by the members they serve, Iowa’s electric cooperatives power the lives of 650,000 Iowans throughout all 99 counties and are committed to delivering power that is safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible. Formed 75 years ago, IAEC provides many vital functions for its members including legislative representation, regulatory oversight, training and education services, safety programs, and communications support. Learn more at www.iowarec.org. The Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU): With the mission "To support and strengthen Iowa's municipal utilities," the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU) represents more than 755 municipal broadband, electric, gas, and water utilities in the state of Iowa. For more information, visit iamu.org.
ITC Midwest, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. The company operates more than 6,600 circuit miles of transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and holds utility status in Wisconsin. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and maintains regional operating facilities in Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa; and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota. ITC's focus on transmission and grid expansion drives operational excellence and delivers superior value for customers, communities and other stakeholders.
MidAmerican Energy Company is an energy provider serving 760,000 electric customers and 742,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.
Alliant Energy Mike Wagner 319-786-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org
IAEC Erin Campbell 515-727-8945 email@example.com
IAMU Jen Cronin 616-610-2546 firstname.lastname@example.org
ITC Midwest Elizabeth Hunt 405-536-0068 email@example.com
MidAmerican Energy Tina Potthoff 515-281-2266 firstname.lastname@example.org