Iowa Law Protecting Pedestrians In Crosswalks May Soon Expand

Des Moines, Iowa — The legislature has passed a bill requiring motorists in Iowa to yield not just to pedestrians in crosswalks, but to bicyclists, skateboarders and people on scooters or in wheelchairs.

It expands current state law, which says drivers face criminal charges if they injure or kill a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Representative Jon Dunwell of Newton says it’s important to protect others using a crosswalk to navigate traffic.

Representative Thomas Gerhold of Atkins says the bill will save lives and prevent injuries.

The bill is headed to the governor’s desk. It passed the House at the end of February on an 84 to eight vote and the Senate approved it unanimously last week. The neighboring states of Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois have similar laws.

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