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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 25, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Fri., Jan. 25. 1974 Left Turn? So Turn to Right By William Eberline DESMOINES driving down the highway and want lo make a left turn at an alley or private driveway. You stop your car in your traffic lane near the center line, wait for oncoming traffic to pass, ami then make your turn. That's the correct way to do it. Right? Wrong, says Hep. Richard Drake so far as Iowa law is concerned. The law requires you to pull off on the right hand shoulder before you stop, wait for traf- fic from both directions to clear, and then make your turn. "Not one motorist in a thou- sand knows that is the law, but it Drake said. Law Change The house transportation committee, of which Drake is chairman, has recommended passage of a bill to change the law. It is one of several requested by the Iowa high- way commission. "We're trying to make the law conform to common prac- Drake explained. "Common sense and experi- ence tell us lhat it's safer if you don't have to cross two lanes of traffic running in op- posite directions to make a left turn, but the law doesn't recognize he added. The law in question is Sec- tion 321.354 of the Iowa Code. It is entii'-.l "Stopping on Traveled It says that on any high- way outside a business or res- idential district it is illegal to "stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the paved or improved or main traveled part of the highway" when it is practical to pull off the road. School Buses That leaves the right hand shoulder as the place you have to stop, Drake said, since you couldn't stop on the left hand shoulder without vi- olating another: Traveling the wrong way in the other traffic lane. There is an exception in the law which permits school bus- es to stop on the traveled por- tion of highways to pick up or discharge pupils but that doesn't help the average mo- torist, Drake said. The law doesn't apply to left turns at intersections of two roads or streets because that is governed by a separate statute. It says the approach for a left turn "shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line, and after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to depart from the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered." Why the legislature didn't make the same provision for left turns at alleys and drive- ways is a mystery, Drake said, but now it's time for a change. "It's just another of those things needed to clean up the he said. Flaw in Fund List Denied By Ray Aide DES MOINES (UPI) An aide to Gov. Robert Ray denied Thursday there were any im- proprieties in the governor's fi- nancial disclosure statement filed with the secretary of state's office last week. A Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, Clark- Rasmussen of West Des Moines, said Thurs- day he will formally request that the state's Campaign Fi- nance Disclosure Commission investigate the financial reports filed by the "Governor Ray Committee.''. Rasmussen charged that the committee re- ported in contributions improperly. However, Ray aide Elmer Vermeer denied that the an- nuar report filed last Friday was improper and said the governor voluntarily disclosed the source of the contributions during the 1972 election cam- paign. Vermeer, who is Ray's senior administrative assistant and was treasurer for the campaign committee, said he' would be "happy to have the campaign commission look at this." He said the entire balance reported was left over from the 1972 campaign and that the sources have been made public since the governor disclosed all contributions between the pri- mary in August, 1972, and the November general election. However, Rasmussen protest- ed because the detail list of con- tributions was not attached to the annual report for 1973. "He did it in such a way that he didn't have to disclose who gave the the Democratic contender said. Rasmussen said Ray should Legislative Nofes By Frank Nye Annual Sessions Are Not Discouraging Candidates FvES MOINES One keeps hearing around legislative halls U lhat annual sessions are going to cut down 'on the number who'll be willing to run for the legislature in the years ahead. But it is doubtful if you can sell that to voters in the llth senatorial district, which includes all or parts of Dubuque, Delaware, Jackson and Jones 'counties. This district is represented by State Sen. Gene Kennedy (D-Dubuque) at the moment, but he isn't going to run for re- election. So is the district going begging? Not on your tin type. n n n Four Prospects AS OF the moment it appears that there may be a race for the nominations in both parties, involving one incumbent legislator and three former legislators. State Rep. Richard Norpel (D-Bellevue) plans to announce his candidacy next Wednesday. He may face opposition from former State Sen. Andrew Frommelt On the Republican side it wouldn't he surprising to find foimer State Sen. John Walsh (R-Dubuque) and former State Rep. Ray Taylor (R-Duhuque) squaring off. have itemized the sources oE the if any contributions were or more. The campaign disclosure re- port was passed by the legisla- ture last year, but Rasmussen said "what he (Ray) did ob- viously doesn't comply with the law he signed." Dies in Crash MAQUOKETA (AP) Services Set for Marfelle Man, 56 MARTELLE Raymond Sch- ley, 56, died Wednesday while vacationing in Zapata, Texas. A prominent Martelle area farmer, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy, a son, William of a daughter, Mrs. Larry Stewart of Martelle, two John brothers, three sisters and four D. Wherry, 22, Maquoketa, died Thursday night of injuries he received in a one-car accident: earlier in the day. Authorities said Wherry lost control of the car he was driving on highway, 64 two miles east of Maquoketa. Mr. Serviceman: Advertise your service today to our more than a quarter million readers. grandchildren. Services will be Saturday al at Martelle United Method- ist church. Friends may call al Goettsch's after 11 Friday. 30 YEARS AGO Soviet troops, pushing through the Len- ingrad front, cut the main Nazi escape railroad westward to Es- tonia. Road Unit Lists Land Purchases In Eastern Iowa AMES The Iowa highway commission Wednesday ap- proved purchase of 80 acres of iand near West Burlington for or per acre. Right-of-way Director Gor- don Sweitzer said the property will be the site of the highway 34, freeway 534 interchange. The commission acquired sev- eral more Linn county proper- ties for interstate 380. Sellers were Arnold P. Greif at a price of Roy Chismore, Charles K. Franson, and C. H. Woods, In Delaware county, land was nirchased from Florence Britt for and Robert L. Sheets for both for high- way 13 improvement. For highway 149 in Keokuk county: Krissie K. Watts, F. B. Dimmitt, ;ula T. Wilson, and Loren A. Johnson, George H. Wolfe, Earl Brain, George Dick- ey, Warren E. Dickey, Cathryn Schweitzer, and Forrest E. Sieren, In Washington county for free- way 518, Byron Sweeting, and 20 YEARS AGO The Her- shey Chocolate Corporation re- duced the size of its nickel bar about 12 percent because of the rising cost of cocoa beans. Site (Usimr Capita ferffr Established In 18B3 by The Gazette Co. and published daily and Sunday at Third Ave. SE, Cede ;dar Rapids, .l.owa cTedar Rapids, Iowa. Subscription rates by carrier 85 cents a week. By mail: Night edition and Sunday 6 Issues 52.25 a month, a year: Afternoon editions and Sunday 7 issues 52.50 a month, 525 a year. Other states and U.S. territories S40 a year. No mall subscriptions accepted In areas having Gazette carrier service. The Associated Press Is entitled exclu- sively to 1he use for republlcatlon of all the local news printed In this newspa- per as well as all AP news dispatches. 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