CLEAR LAKE, IA – Eric Perry is a jack of all trades.
During the spring, fall, and winter he’s a teacher and coach.
And in the summer he’s driving his beloved ice cream truck.
“And they’re usually all excited, most of them are kids but you get parents of kids and you get older people what just kind of remember when the ice cream man came around and deliver them ice cream,” said Perry.
Perry’s best-paying patrons are the area’s youngest residents.
Now there are some new laws in place to protect the starting.
A new Iowa law went into effect on July first requiring all ice cream truck drivers like Perry, to pass a background check showing they have a clean record.
“First of all as a parent it’s important to me that I know my kids are safe and as a school teacher I have to do a background check too. It all makes sense to me,” said Perry.
And it’s no surprise that parents are on board with the new law.
“When you have a business or any type of thing that deals solely with children its always a great idea to have that safety precaution,” said Lisa Kaszinski.
“Considering that we are our only advocate and first advocate for our kids makes us feel very comfortable,” said Brooke Thoma.
But Thoma and other moms still take precautions when the ice cream trucks pull up in the neighborhood.
“Of course it’s very inviting looking truck, it’s colorful and catches their eye and everybody loves ice cream and we’re always told our youngsters they need to be aware of strangers and those they don’t know,” said Trisia Bollard.
For Perry, he feels it’s just another way for people to make sure they have a safe and tasty summer.
“I’m just not some weirdo driving a truck. I’m trying to make a living this is kind of second income for me I have two boys that I hope someday can run it and learn about being a business person and more importantly being respectful to people and customers,” said Perry.
Along with the law it’s not just ice cream truck drivers that will have to pass a background check now.
All school employees will have to as well, they’ll also have to be cleared off the state sex offender and child abuse registry.