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Reminder: Move Over, Slow Down is Iowa law

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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - Dramatic dash cam video from last March shows deputies ducking and a State Trooper's car getting hit by a flying video after someone failed to follow Iowa's Move Over, Slow Down law.

Two weeks ago, a series of crashes when vehicles failed to slow down for a police officer helping a driver with a flat tire.

"Traffic volumes are increasing every year which means more accidents, more stalled vehicles," said Sgt. Mike Wallerstedt, of the Cedar Rapids Police Department. "Law enforcement's required to be out on the highways."

The law doesn't just protect emergency vehicles. It's also there for maintenance vehicles and for tow trucks.

"A vehicle that came off of the interstate was speeding, hit the car behind us that we were going to tow, ramped up the back of our truck at a very high rate of speed," said Carm Darrah-Chiafos, Darrah's Towing Owner. "(It) flipped off the side of the truck, around a few times on its top, and hit a vehicle that was parked in front of our truck.

Police officers say this law is great for them but it can be hard to enforce because it would mean putting another officer out on the call.

They also want to remind you to keep your own safety in mind. If you can't move over safely, don't. Don't slam on the brakes -- just ease off the gas.

Drivers who break the law can face fines. The amount ranges and depends on if anyone was injured or killed in the incident.
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